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RNA Is Becoming the New DNA, Opening New Doors in Medicine

RNA Is Becoming the New DNA, Opening New Doors in Medicine

If a person’s DNA is the roadmap of their lifetime health, their RNA is more of a real-time barometer, recording what happens in their body on a minute-by-minute basis. Our DNA stores and transfers genetic information, but remains little changed throughout our lives. At best, it can tell us about the probability we will someday develop various diseases — whether or not we will get cancer, for instance, or be susceptible to diabetes or heart disease — but it  can’t tell us much about our current health.

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DNA, RNA and the Coming Reality of Personalized Medicine

DNA, RNA and the Coming Reality of Personalized Medicine

Medicine has always been a science of averages. Most people in the population tend to suffer from most of the same diseases, and most of those diseases respond to most of the same treatments. If one therapy doesn’t work, doctors always have other drugs and other... Read more