First of all if you are not familiar with what this is all about, use the link below to watch a video that will help you comprehend imagewhat is going on with the Human Genome Project and the Personal Genome Project. 

An Introduction to Genomics – Humans have Bugs just like Windows does and It’s all about the Code

With genomics we are merging two different worlds, the clinical world of healthcare and that of science.  In the past both have had their respective boundaries of sorts, but now the two have some very common ground, fighting disease and finding cures for cancer.  Genomics is still very much a science in many areas, but holds the key to personalized medicine and the treatment plans and cures we are looking for.

I also did an interview with Dr. Patrice Milos from Helicos, one of the companies that manufactures the genomic sequencing machines and you can read more here.  We both agreed on one item too with the doctor coming from science and pharmaceuticals, and me with technology, it’s all about software and being able to run the expressions to find the cures and treatments. 

Single Cell Gene Sequencing from Helicos – How it works

Complete Genomic Sequence $5000 Next Year – Wholesale

As the article states here, it is starting to happen and we have the battle too of whether or not the insurance industry will embrace and pay for genetic testing, they do pay for some tests, but many of the new specific tests, example one for warfarin, is still up in the air, we don’t know if Medicare will pay for it yet or not, much less insurance and if you use the link above you can see a study is already being done to evaluate whether or not it is cost effective.   Remember insurance is risk management so if it turns out they can cut costs by allowing genetic testing, they will, but if they run their very complicated algorithms and determine it is not, well we know the story there as well.  So not only is the clinical world being meshed with science, so is the world of health insurance and if they create studies and algorithms that state they are not fitting the bill, well you know where we go from there, science available, but no money to advance research and patient care, and a world full of clinicians who are standing by,  not knowing which direction to go.  BD 

Harvard geneticist George Church, 54, is co-founder of the Human Genome Project and the Personal Genome Project. More than anyone in his field, he's helped open up DNA mapping technology to the masses. Although most DNA startups, including some he has advised, often focus on less expensive "genotyping" that can test for a limited number of known traits, Church has been a proponent of making blueprints of entire gene sets available at affordable prices. Until recently, that seemed like a pipe dream.

 Only a handful of people on the planet have had all their genes mapped. It's been a six- and seven-figure proposition on. But as Church points out here, it's starting to happen, and it could be a boon for biotech.


Is DNA Mapping in Your Entrepreneurial DNA? -

Genomics Related Reading:

Genomic Links – New Resources on the Medical Quack
Interpreting the Genome - understanding all the data
Steven Pinker, Harvard Professor of Psychology talks about his genome, what he found out, what he learned, and how the psychological interpretations are somewhat still up for discussion

The Burden of Knowing – Genetic Sequencing and what you might find out

Posting Your Genes on the Web
How Hot is Genomics and the Sequencing Machines?
Scripps, Navigenics, Affymetrix and Microsoft team on groundbreaking health study – Personalized Medicine
MDVIP Physicians Partners with Navigenics to Provide Personal Genetic Tests for Preventive Medicine
Genome Database Will Link Genes, Traits in Public View – George Church
BT and the X PRIZE Foundation Team Up to Inspire World Changing Innovations – Personalized Medicine Sequencing
Those Incredible Men and their Gene Machines..Personalized Medicine in the making…
Personalized medicine will rely on IT – It’s all about Software
How Hot is Genomics and the Sequencing Machines?
Single Cell Gene Sequencing from Helicos – How it works


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