Dr. Francis Collins Kicks the Genomic Medicine Can Down the Road

by jeeg 29. June 2010 23:54

Francis Collins, in a Scientific American guest blog, called genetic research "an epic drama being played out year after year." He said we shouldn't worry about what we haven't yet accomplished but see the galss as half full and "growing fuller every day." DNA sequencing costs are getting lower every day and new predictive genetic tests are proliferating.  This shows, he says, that we have made huge leaps forward since the initial mapping of the human genome. But, he acknowledges that there is still a long way to go. How this information will translate into clinical care needs is still developing but becoming clearer every day.  "It is my hope and expectation that over the next one or two decades — or however long it takes — genomic discoveries will lead to an increasingly long list of health benefits for all the world's peoples," Collins says.

The question is, how much time and investment do you get before proven wrong?


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