Genomics and Healthcare

Posted on October 12, 2010


In August I wrote a piece on how designer healthcare was under-delivering in that the promises from the genomics field years ago had not had the positive effect on human health as expected.  Even with the human genome mapped ten years ago, lingering health puzzles remain unsolved; the human genome is simply far more complex than scientists expected.

The Wall Street Journal had an article last week, “The Failed Promise of Genomics” that provides another voice on this topic. Even as an architecture major, I always found heredity and gene expression interesting—so much so that I took a genetics (for non-majors) class in college.

I still believe the topic holds immense promise for future healthcare treatment and prevention. Still, I am amazed and fascinated at its ability to stump man. Genetics is humankind’s most difficult reverse-engineering assignment.