Thursday, May 31, 2007

Co-Discoverer of DNA Gets Personal Genome Map

Dr. James Watson, the co-discoverer of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) has a lot to celebrate about because he's finally been "awarded" his own personal genome map. Its was the first time someone has received one and he says he knew he was risking possible anxiety when he saw it. But Watson, 79, said that he is more worried about the war in Iraq than coming face to face with his own predisposition to illnesses. His genome map actually maps out potential sicknesses due to his genetic makeup. The maps shows he is prone to cancer. He admitted that he has had skin cancer before and that his sister had breast cancer.

The project cost a million dollars and lasted for two months. However, Jonathan Rothberg, chairman of 454 Life Sciences, says the price for the service could drop to $1,000 for common people who would want to incorporate such a map in their medical care. In the near future, people may opt to have one for the betterment of disease treatment.

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