The Cutting Edge of Medicine and Science

2018

The Cutting Edge of Medicine and Science

Legend has it that molecular biologist Francis Crick ran into a pub in Cambridge, England, and announced, “I have discovered the secret of life.” Crick and his partner had just completed the double-helix model of DNA. Fast forward 65 years, when science and medicine continue to build on that foundational discovery to edit genes, alter the course of genetic disorders, and custom-tailor cancer treatment. The astonishing opportunities to manipulate and care for the body don’t end there. Predictive analytics, health apps, and machine learning showcase the remarkable capacities of 21st-century technology to advance research. The human contribution endures too, as venture capitalists and dedicated frontline citizen scientists from Montana to Thailand amply demonstrate. What’s on the horizon and how do we share the benefits?

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