There’s a lot we still don’t know about the power of genetic testing. For one thing, it’s becoming more powerful than ever expected. Already, patients can get gene-based information about their cancer risk, for instance, as well as details about genetic disorders that might impact their children, autism diagnoses, and more.
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Genetics is changing the world as we know it, and not only in the realm of healthcare and medical science. Whether it’s 23andMe delivering specific details about our ancestry, genetic science being used to united people who have been switched at birth, or even DNA information being used to catch the Golden State Killer, there is much that genomics can now accomplish.
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.
I was in Phoenix recently meeting with some prospective investors. At the end of the dinner presentation, I sat with a table of younger investors and we started talking about genomics, CRISPR and 23andMe. Then the floodgates opened… These young people not only... Read more