Topic: UK TV Program, Miracle Cure? A Decade of the Human Genome

Hi all,

I've just watched this prog on the TV here in the UK, and I think that it is well worth a watch if you have the time. It is not all cancer related, but a large part of it is and it goes into good depth regarding genes, gene therapy, gene mapping and personalised treatment.

"A decade ago, scientists announced that they had produced the first draft of the human genome, the 3.6 billion letters of our genetic code.

It was seen as one of the greatest scientific achievements of our age, a breakthrough that would usher in a new age of medicine. A decade later, Horizon finds out how close we are to developing the life-changing treatments that were hoped for.

Horizon follows three people, each with a genetic disease, as they go behind the scenes at some of Britain's leading research labs to find out what the sequencing of the human genome has done for them - and the hope this remarkable project offers all of us."

The programme lasts 59 minutes and you should be able to view it from this link.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00vm2d5

Gavin

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