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The Genomic Revolution

The Big Idea for Sunday, December 22, 2013

"Nobody ever keeps up with Moore’s Law except the computer industry," says Green director of the National Human Genome Research Institute. Green is referring to the observation that computer processing power doubles roughly every 18 months. 

And yet, even by using "the old fashioned method" of DNA sequencing, Green says the Human Genome Project kept up with Moore's Law quite effectively. Now that sequencing methods have been sufficiently industrialized, progress in the field of genomics has actually outpaced Moore's Law. 

In today's lesson, Green explains how new technologies for sequencing DNA are becoming increasingly small and increasingly cheap. These technologies will start to significantly impact routine medical care much sooner than many once thought. 

 

 

Perspectives

  1. 1 What the Genomic Revolution Means to You
    Big Think Editors Big Think TV
  2. 2 Why Genomics Is Like Christmas Every Day
    Juan Enriquez
  3. 3 Genes are the Hand You've Been Dealt. But It's How You Play the Hand That Counts
    Bryan Sykes 60 Second Reads
  4. 4 Sequencing the Genome “Changed Everything”
    Michael Wigler
 

The Genomic Revolution

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