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September 1, 2016

Precision Medicine Urges Us To Think Small, Really Small

Posted by Siva Nandiwada (View Profile | View All Posts) at 7:00 AM

Precision Medicine Urges Us To Think Small, Really Small

In the history of human endeavors, the entrepreneur or inventor who thinks big is usually the one who makes a major breakthrough and lasting mark on mankind. More recently we've seen the development of vast Cloud superstructures by a host of top technology firms as evidence that it pays to think big.

In the world of healthcare, however, the future might rest with those who think small. What I mean is that there is increasingly rapid progress in the field of genomics, where scientists are learning that medicine can be more proactive than reactive. That is to say, by manipulating the building blocks of the human body, doctors can "edit out" diseases rather than what has traditionally been done: fight the afflicted area of the body with drugs after the disease has altered the genome in some way.

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