I attended the Xconomy Forum last week on “Computing in the Age of the $1000 Genome”.
I found it fascinating, and while the focus was certainly much broader than telomere science and healthy aging, there were a number of great comments made by leading experts in the Human Genome that are very very relevant. Here are some of my favorites:
“In your cells right now, an enzyme is making a copy of your DNA in less than two hours, right in the nucleus.”
~ Hugh Martin, Pacific Biosciences
“For all this amazing genomic info to have an impact, we really need to invite the person into personalized medicine.”
~ Ashley Dombkowski, 23andme
“What you do affects your genes. In other words, you’re not predestined to a certain life because of your genetics, as we once thought.” -Trygve Tollefsbol (Ph.D. Molecular Biology)
The booming field of epigenetics has made a sizable entrance in the age-old nature vs. nurturer debate, giving researchers a better understanding of how different social factors influence the way our genetic material is expressed throughout our lives. “Epigenetics offers a surprising middle ground,” says Dr. Tollefsbol (Professor, Epigenetics and Gene Regulation in Cancer and Aging at the University of Alabama), “Genes are profoundly important, epigeneticists say, but so are environmental factors.”