Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Decade Later, Genetic Map Yields Few New Cures

In a sane world, a genetic project from Cold Spring Harbor would be greeted with horror. But in this insane world, people actually expected these lunatics to cure disease. No, they're cooking up ways to sterilize and kill you.

Meanwhile, the drugging of the populace disguised as "treatment" of disease continues to be a mega-profit cash cow. It's absurd to think that the Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex would actually allow anyone to cure disease.

    New York Times -

    Ten years after President Bill Clinton announced that the first draft of the human genome was complete, medicine has yet to see any large part of the promised benefits.

    For biologists, the genome has yielded one insightful surprise after another. But the primary goal of the $3 billion Human Genome Project — to ferret out the genetic roots of common diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s and then generate treatments — remains largely elusive. Indeed, after 10 years of effort, geneticists are almost back to square one in knowing where to look for the roots of common disease.

    One sign of the genome’s limited use for medicine so far was a recent test of genetic predictions for heart disease. A medical team led by Nina P. Paynter of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston collected 101 genetic variants that had been statistically linked to heart disease in various genome-scanning studies. But the variants turned out to have no value in forecasting disease among 19,000 women who had been followed for 12 years.

    The old-fashioned method of taking a family history was a better guide, Dr. Paynter reported this February in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

    In announcing on June 26, 2000, that the first draft of the human genome had been achieved, Mr. Clinton said it would “revolutionize the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of most, if not all, human diseases.”

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