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The Future of the Personal Genome

Posted May 21st, 2012 by

“If you want to understand health, you have to understand what it means to be sick, at phenomic and molecular levels, so you can correct it in a holistic and effective way.”
Jamie Heywood

In February, PatientsLikeMe Co-Founder and Chairman Jamie Heywood was invited to participate in a “Innovation Series” panel sponsored by the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge.  Entitled The Future of the Personal Genome, the event focused on what lies ahead now that genome sequencing is becoming more affordable for the average person.  (It cost around a million dollars in 2007; today, it costs close to $1,000.)

What is Jamie’s perspective on personal genetics, including the issues and opportunities involved?  Check out the first seven minutes of the video below for an overview.  From there, the panel – which included Dr. Michael Pellini, Dr. George Church and Colin Hill, and was moderated by Dr. Kevin Davies – digs into the intricacies of this important topic, including how to use genetic data to develop more personalized medicine.