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06/10/10
Careers in Chemistry. Future Trends. Genomics, stem cells enabling better human health
Filed under: Recent Posts, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 9:02 am

Just finished reading a benchmark book that
every scientist in health care fields should look
at, Francis Collins’ “The Language of Life,”
HarperCollins, NY, 2010  1 

A scientific revolution is underway.   Just as
we have witnessed with the application of
lasers to many areas, better personalized
treatments for many chronic and life-
limiting diseases and conditions through the
thoughtful, rigorous testing of our genes.

Several things struck me:

  5 % (over 20 million) of Americans are
stricken by “orphan diseases” that are
affected by misspelled genes

 diabetes, heart and circulatory ailments,
a subset of cancers and even mental
conditions have significant genomic
components, Collins teaches us

 rather than predicting outcomes, he
encourages readers to enable outcomes
by staying up with the leading edge of
our health conditions, contributing to the
personalized medical paradigm (research,
digital medical records, good policy
overview and stewardship, ethical
standards and decisions).

Chemistry represents a language role in
the biological system.  We need to be
relevant in the discussions and outcomes.

3 Responses to “Careers in Chemistry. Future Trends. Genomics, stem cells enabling better human health”

  1. site admin Says:


    Several patents have been granted and assigned
    to commercial interests for specific genes
    influencing diseases. Recent WSJ article
    summarizes a Duke study that suggests
    some impacts on the development of
    treatments.   1



  2. site admin Says:


    Limiting diet, engaging in regular beneficial
    physical activity and minimizing negative
    habits and risk factors go without question.

    Collins also brings up recent topics like
    sirtuins which are a hot topic in being
    proposed chemicals which replicate the
    positive effects of the above.   1 

  3. site admin Says:


    Here is another shot in the arm about distance running
    and increased longevity of cells.  1 

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