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Predictive Health by Michael M. E. Johns, Kenneth L. Brigham

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CHAPTER 4

Health in the Age of the Omics

FRANCIS COLLINS WAS director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health during its phenomenal achievement from 1990 to 2003 of producing the first complete sequence of a human genome. He titled his two books on the subject The Language of God and The Language of Life. Whether or not you buy Dr. Collins’s theology, his metaphors speak to the stunning beauty, elegance, and complexity of the genome’s structure and function. That elegance and complexity continue to dazzle even the scientists involved in genetic research as increasingly sophisticated technology probes ever deeper into life’s fundamental mysteries. Although the seminal accomplishment of drafting a map ...

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