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Vivek Wadhwa: “The triumph of genomic medicine is just beginning”

Vivek PortraitIn a recent blog for The Washington Post, Vivek Wadhwa, a leading thinker on the way that technological developments can solve big challenges, argues that despite general reservations about the genomic medicine and Human Genome Project – which the New York Times had declared DOA (Dead on Arrival) – we are only just beginning to witness the true triumphs of it’s potential.

Very few people realise the magnitude of the impact of such exponential technologies. Within this decade, Vivek believes that we are going to enjoy the fruits of the scientific breakthroughs that are now happening. In short, we are headed into an era of crowd-sourced, data-driven, participatory, and genomics-based medicine.

However, in order for this to happen the government needs to continue to invest in the types of basic research that led to genome sequencing and the Internet itself. This is because “[such] technologies often take decades to bear fruit and there are many disappointments and failures along the way…[as such, it] is time to double down on, not walk away from a great investment.”

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