Jul 16, 2013
In 2010 Dr. Howard Jacob led a team of researchers at the Medical College who used an innovative DNA sequencing technique to unravel the medical mystery of Nicholas Volker, a young boy whose life-threatening disease had baffled his doctors. Nicholas’ DNA was used to diagnose his disease and find a course of treatment, which has so far been successful. Now three years later 22 more patients have been sequenced and their DNA analyzed. Dr. Jacob has had his DNA sequenced. With breast cancer in his family, does he carry the gene? Do his daughters want to know? As the price drops, reading your DNA will be part of your medical care. Are you ready? Do you want this? Dr. Jacob discussed these questions and others at Rotary on July 16th.