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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cheap Gene Machines

Simpler, cheaper gene analysis could revolutionize medicine.  In IEEE Spectrum.   " ... Soon, Rothberg says, everybody will be sequenced—probably as infants—and will be able to make diet, lifestyle, and medical choices based on specific information, rather than on hunches about vulnerabilities. Knowledge of a person’s genome will allow specialists to customize medical treatments and drugs for that patient, to maximize effectiveness while minimizing side effects. A routine checkup could start with the doctor checking for “updates” to a patient’s genomic file; if medical research has turned up new data about the patient’s particular set of genes, the doctor would get an alert. “Our goal,” Rothberg declares, “is to really transform medicine.” ... 

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