The $1,000 Genome Is Almost Here-–Are We Ready? | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Another good piece on the challenges of using genetic information in a healthcare and clinical setting. Quote:

The science community has the technology to read and assemble the human genome, to efficiently store it, and run suitable analyses. But to achieve a broader embrace of the $1000 genome, the public itself will need more education on the mechanics and benefits of personalized medicine. Limited or incorrect information can cause dangerous misunderstandings and illogical fear or bias against the technology amongst the public, and poor interpretation of the results by amateur geneticists might have serious negative side effects on health. Governments will have to incorporate into the current medical system ways to educate both health practitioners and patients with knowledge on how to interpret the results and be sure that they act appropriately upon them.

The $1,000 Genome Is Almost Here-–Are We Ready? | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network.

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