On Tuesday, Will FitzHugh blogged his thoughts about the big data conference that he attended last week, and in the post, he noted that "[a]s data sets grow, deriving useful knowledge from them becomes harder. This might seem counterintuitive, since scientific research often involves adding more data to be able to draw conclusions confidently."Read More
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An international team of researchers announced this month that they have sequenced the entire genome of the domestic cat. Specifically, they have sequenced the genome of Cinnamon, a female Abyssinian cat from the University of Missouri. Because there are roughly 250 diseases that cats and humans have in common, the research has implications for improving human health, as well as the the health of the internet's favorite furry friend.
Who doesn’t like a scientific breakthrough? The media buzzes with news from the frontiers of science that directly affects us: biological and medical research. The stories that really get our attention are those in which new technologies solve medical mysteries or save lives.
It’s clear from recent progress that DNA sequencing will soon become commonplace in medical care – it already is widely used in biomedical research. DNA sequencing costs have dropped and will soon be at $1,000 or less for an entire human genome. The cost of interpreting that data is being debated but it will no doubt drop as well. There are some important things that need to happen before sequencing for medical use can become commonplace. I’ll discuss a couple of the most critical ones below.