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jmichon601
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2/21/2013 | 4:51:45 AM
re: Big Data Startup Eyes Genome Analysis In 4 Hours
Sadly, the impact on clinical medicine of genomic sequencing has been just about nil. There have been hundreds of "genome-wide association studies" done to look for genetic links to common diseases and nearly nothing of relevance has been found. The relationship between genotype and clinical phenotype is largely a mystery, and even in cases when a genetic link is found, the next question is usually, so what ? In the vast majority of cases, nothing can be done about the increased risk of Parkinsonism or Alzheimer's or cancer, and even if there is, it's usually banal advice like "stop smoking" or "eat better".

The NICU example is quite strange. The vast majority of kids are there because of simple prematurity, or infections, or birth defects. Knowing their genome, and knowing it quickly, will do exactly what to help them survive ?

Maybe things will change, but right now genomic sequencing as a basis for clinical care is a waste of time and money.
ChrisMurphy
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2/21/2013 | 1:29:10 AM
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My first reaction was that cost would seem a lot more important than speed for genome mapping. But when you cited the neonatal intensive care units, I see how that might be reversed.
Deirdre Blake
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2/20/2013 | 3:50:14 PM
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Awesome! This is exactly the kind of application forward-thinking scientists and entrepreneurs should be aiming for when visualizing how the advances in manycore processing, big data analytics, and scientific computing in general can really change the world. It's a business model that would have been pure science fiction even 10 years ago; I truly hope they succeed.


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