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It's been ten years since President Clinton announced -- -- mapping of the human genome.
In coming years doctors increasingly will be able to cure diseases like alzheimer's parkinson's diabetes.
By attacking their genetic roots and now genome sequencing has moved from a select group.
I -- -- my own -- to a growing consumer market and the race to sequencing the 1000 dollar genome.
Oh it's common would leave some bounds you know it the technical part of sequencing costs are decreasing my factor to every -- faster than Moore's law.
And almost like a suicide pact among the that secrets in companies.
In April pioneers in the field gathered to talk about the future of sequencing and what it means for health care.
They -- -- the genome environments in traits conference in Cambridge Massachusetts.
Doctor Stephen quake is a professor of bioengineering at Stanford university and the founder of sequencing company Hewlett coast.
He says the sequence is only a first step and the real value is in the interpretation.
I discovered some related to our -- -- -- the your heart disease and that may explain some -- history.
Incest and interest in exploring certainly affects where do I go to the doctor doctor James Watson remains a pioneer in the field.
He won the Nobel prize in 1962.
For the discovery of the double helix the structure of DNA.
And had his genome sequence in 2007.
To sort of hey get better medication for my high blood pressure that his -- -- beta blockers and they put relentlessly.
In my years I've said I'm my tablet beta blockers very badly.
I would have never -- -- Biotech CEO John West his wife daughter and son were one of the first families to have their genome sequence.
And they did so out of pure curiosity.
We're interested in in exploring what we might learn medically from that and we understood that by having four people -- a family sequence there's a lot of information you gather that you couldn't get from the individual people's.
The west are still awaiting the full analysis but the results have confirmed some questions about heredity between seventeen year old -- and her brother.
Still as -- -- of the science -- and says DNA alone cannot tell the whole story.
We don't attribute.
Our intellectual differences.
-- our capabilities charging -- that's just how we are and -- accept it.
Still land another genome mapping pioneers are taking the first steps toward personalized medicine.
It may not be widespread for several years but Biotech firms have made big strides in a short time.
But the big cost remains in the genetic analysis and that may be -- biggest speed bump for researchers trying to map out the road to more affordable access to your personal genetic code.
Robert Gray Fox Business Network.
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