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Why Genomics Isn’t All That

...I am skeptical that genomics will have much impact on improving human health. An immediate objection to this skepticism would be that genomic-driven advances have simply not had enough time to work their way into tangible treatments. It has only been 15 years since the first human genome was published. Fair enough. But the obvious follow-on question is, how much time is enough time?

I’d say that 15 years is more than enough time for a truly powerful advance to make an impact. Consider these examples:

  • Germ theory as a cause of infectious disease was formulated in the mid-1870s. The first scientific vaccines were developed in the 1880s.
  • Blood types…

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