- Big Data: You Have No Idea How Much It Will Change Your LifeA decade ago, reading the code of a single genome was a historic breakthrough. This year, we will decode thousands of individual genomes. When Steve Jobs had the genes of his cancer tumor and of his normal DNA sequenced a few years ago, it was done in a specialized lab and cost more than $100,000. Today, the cost of DNA analysis has plummeted to under $10,000, and with a simple spit test sent to a lab and $299, you can have your DNA analyzed for your health and ancestry.
- Bill Frist: Too much of medicine today centers on the average or "median" patient. That is what "evidence-based medicine" and much of "comparative effectiveness" is all about. We test drugs on large populations and if on average the drug helps, we license it, but only at a standard dose for all. That era is passing. An individual patient is never the median patient. The "new medicine" will open the door to individualized care based on a person's unique genetic predisposition and environmental circumstances, ensuring the appropriate treatment with the fewest side effects for that individual's specific condition.
Gene Revolution or Genetic Revolt?
Some scientists and others are making plans to recreate the human race. Most people have no idea that these ideas exist or that they get published. Here are a few revelations that may make you wonder if, "there ought to be a law":
"Whole genome sequencing reveals the genetic blueprint for a person, generating information on every gene..." - Privacy and Progress in Whole Genome Sequencing, Presidential Commission, October 2012.
The price of sequencing a whole genome...will be less expensive than to perform a few individual genetic tests... and [this] information can be stored in a patient's medical records." - Privacy and Progress in Whole Genome Sequencing, Presidential Commission, October 2012.
"We should use the emerging knowledge from genetics to have not just healthier children, but children with better genes. We should give chance a helping hand." - Julian Savulescu, bioethicist, Oxford University.
"I think choosing between embryos is not discriminating against people. It's deciding what child to have in the future." - Julian Savulescu, bioethicist, Oxford University."Transhumanism of a sort is implicit in much of the research agenda of contemporary biomedicine. - Francis Fukyyama, professor, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
"It is reasonable to think that the creation of post-persons will leave mere persons more likely to suffer significant harms," - Nicholas Agar, Victoria University, Wellington, NZ
"If we do not develop [a humility concerning our human nature] soon, we may unwittingly invite the transhumanists to deface humanity with their genetic bulldozers and psychotropic shopping malls." - Francis Fukyyama, professor, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
- Hillary Clinton: our genetics: “the mother of all pre-existing conditions”