Submitted by: Daniel Lai
Soon for under $1000, we can sequence your genome with a machine. Clinicians can then scan through all 3 billion letters to determine what is or will be wrong with you. This used to take years for a single patient, but with the help of computer programs, researchers can now scan through multiple genomes in an afternoon. Behind every computer program is a bioinformatician, an individual bridging the life and computer sciences like me. Our programs don’t make new discoveries or save lives, but it helps those who do, and that’s got to count for something.