What is Genomics?
Genomics is a discipline in genetics concerned with the study of the genomes of organisms. The field in genetics which includes efforts to determine the entire DNA sequence of organisms and fine-scale genetic mapping.
In short, genomics has not reached the potential envisioned when Bill Clinton, in 2000, said in a White House ceremony announcing the discovery of the first genome sequence:
“Today, we are learning the language in which God created life…it will revolutionize the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of most, if not all human diseases”.
The potential has yet to be realized to that extent predicted by President Clinton, but there has been many promising areas of discovery and research in the field of genomics. These discoveries will, most likely increase, now that computing power has increased exponentially.
One of the promising areas of the effects in the healthcare industry by gene mapping has occurred in Pharmacogenetics, or the effect of drugs, as determined by one’s genes. Success has been attained at the predictibility of effectibility of drugs and side effects, of drugs like Plavix, Coumadin, Tegretol And the studies to arrive of some of the conclusions to an individual’s reactions to certain drugs has fallen astronomically.
But, overall, the effects of gene mapping and study of genomics has, in reality had little effect on Medicine today, but does show promise in exciting discoveries in the future. Part of this optimism is based on the constant improvements in genome sequencing technologies, allowing for more widespread applications to healthcare. (Eric Topol, The Creative Destruction of Medicine, 2012)
VIDEO OF “THE GENOGRAPHIC PROJECT: GENETIC MAPPING OF HUMANITY”
GenomicTools is a flexible computational platform for the analysis and manipulation of high-throughput sequencing data such as RNA-seq and ChIP-seq.
based in UC Davis
Antonei B Csoka, PhD, Geneticist from Washington, great source of recent developments in Genomics
-Niclas Nilsson, Phd, Norweigian from Denmark, excellent source of Genomics Info