Federal Officials Push Greater Medical Use Of Gene Sequencing
McClatchy: Institute Presses For Greater Use Of Gene Sequencing In Medicine
Almost a year after researchers in Wisconsin published a groundbreaking paper describing their use of genetic sequencing to diagnose and treat a 4-year-old boy, a national health agency is shifting its focus to put $416 million into making the secrets of our genetic script part of standard medical practice. The National Human Genome Research Institute announced the move Tuesday, saying that much of the effort is going toward overcoming the barriers hindering the widespread use of sequencing in hospitals. These include the ethical and analytical challenges of reading the vast flood of data from the human genome (Johnson, 12/7).