The rapidity of progress in genetic research is astounding. The challenge was daunting. Our genetic code is comprised of three billion pairs of chemical compounds called bases twisted into DNA’s double helix This code was solved on April 14, 2003. It had taken 13 years at a cost of 2.7 billion dollars to do it.
There was a slow ramp up process to learn how to use this information, but now scientists are sequencing everything in sight.
The possible applications of this technology are immense. For example a group at Stanford was able to diagnose a young man whose heart had repeatedly grown benign tumors. One of his genes on Chromosome 17 was missing 2,200 base pairs.
This is only a small example. There are many other applications that will have huge benefits for all of us.
Scientists are looking at the genetic code of various cancers to determine what drugs or antibody may be more effective in treating it.
We are on the verge of a major revolution that will herald new and exciting treatments for many of the diseases that we have not been able