Mayo Clinic

DNA database could help predict your disease — then get you fired

DNA database could help predict your disease — then get you fired

Relatively little attention was paid last year when President Obama called for creation of a database containing the DNA of a million volunteers as part of moves toward “precision medicine,” or tailoring healthcare to people’s individual needs.

But to many in the healthcare field, Obama’s embrace of a national repository of genetic information was seen as a turning point in advancing use of “big data” to reduce medical costs and improve people’s well-being by anticipating disorders before they become serious problems.

The benefits of such a system seem obvious. Algorithms would piece together clues from doctor, hospital and drugstore...

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