President Obama introduced a new plan to create a database of genetic information of a million Americans in order to better tailor medical treatments for groups of patients. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien interviews Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, about the potential of precision medicine, privacy concerns and political roadblocks. Continue reading
It turns out that a human genome — the complete set of genetic material encoded as DNA sequences — is 100 gigabytes.
Ten years after the cracking of the human genetic code, Jeffrey Brown talks to a scientist about advancements and setbacks in using the research to pinpoint the causes of illnesses and craft individualized therapies. Continue reading