World Health Day: Genome research taking medicine into a new frontier

Big Bang moment

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Randall Dishmon of Invesco’s Global Focus Strategy
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Randall Dishmon of Invesco’s Global Focus Strategy

Mapping the genome can legitimately be thought of as a Big Bang moment in medicine. The Human Genome Project began in 1990, with a goal of mapping the full human genome by 2005. It was ultimately completed by 2003.

The emergence of the field of genomics put research, drug development and diagnostics on a new and exciting course. We are still in the early stages of this. Why human genome projects are important? A key advancement has been the discovery that several of our most vexing and deadly diseases are caused by genetic mutations. This provides the opportunity to screen and diagnose long before any disease has even manifested.   DNA is an acronym that is often tossed about. It stands for deoxyribonucleic acid. Cutting to the chase, DNA is essentially the recipe for the production of the pro...

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