Danny Hillis TED talk - "Understanding cancer through proteomics"

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Danny Hillis TED talk - "Understanding cancer through proteomics"

Postby Doug » Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:57 am

I just came across this TED talk by Danny Hillis about investigating cancer with proteomics. While he makes some good analogies and some good points I was somewhat underwhelmed. It's possible that my disappointment stems from the fact that the talk was put together for non-scientists. But his oversimplification of the failings of genomics and the utility of proteomics is very misleading. And while I support the goal of personalized medicine, the idea that we will be able to undersand each patient's problem and have a perfect medicinal cocktail to cure them is more than overly optimistic. Anyway, I applaud his effort, his interest in the field, and the way he related complex scientific jargon to a non-scientific audience. But the over simplification was difficult for me to swallow.


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