Gene Maps Are No Cure-All

Mapping the human genome was a hyped exercise in computing power that has produced no discernible health benefits. Not surprisingly, one of its chief proponents (Craig Venter) has now moved into the clean energy scam (developing algae-based fuels). At least this time, Venter is only wasting Exxon’s time and money.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

A new study warns that scientists can’t predict most diseases for most people by mapping their genomes, raising a flag about a nascent technology that has been expected to ring in an era of tailored treatments.

Mapping a person’s genome, or genetic blueprint, “is not a crystal ball,” said Bert Vogelstein, co-author of the study and professor of oncology at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. “And this is a reality check”…