An introduction to DNA Sequencing – the next step in healthcare?

An introduction to DNA Sequencing – the next step in healthcare?

Tucked away at one end of the CES Unveiled show floor tonight may have been the biggest idea at the whole show. There are no fancy gadgets to photograph, but representatives for Life Technologies were patiently explaining DNA Sequencing and how its widespread use could revolutionize medicine. We’re still light on hard details, but the company is pushing for a future where your doctor may routinely sequence your DNA, using your actual genetic code to identify the best treatment for an illness or potentially discovering things like cancer or other genetic diseases before they become a major problem. While there is a real danger that this technology could lead to a Gattaca-like world where the genetics determine your place in society, but it might be worth the risk. 

DNA Sequencing takes about two hours. If you had the option, would you let a doctor see your genes?