New Breakthroughs in DNA Research

by Helen Zhang, age 15

    As medical technology advances, more people are getting their DNA decoded. Additionally, lower costs of genome sequencing attract many to the idea.
Recently, more than 70 medical research and advocacy groups from 41 countries agreed to share genetic and clinical information. This information will help medical researchers in many ways.
    The goal of these groups is to create databases open to all doctors and researchers. By doing so, scientists will spot patterns and any abnormalities in the DNA more easily.
    “There is lots of momentum now, and we really do want to move quickly,” says Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.
This research could lead to major medical breakthoughs in genome sequencing. Improved medical research could ultimately lead to the ability to detect diseases early on. This, of course, could save many lives.

[Source: The New York Times]