Unformatted text preview: 6. How does the actual testing work (the stuff carried out by the company Illumina)? Illumina uses a large amount of nanoscopic dots, upwards of 500,000, with each detecting a different SNP. With that knowledge, researchers can determine your likelihood for diseases related to those specific SNPs. 7. What do the researchers expect to change in the next few years regarding the process and obtaining information? Wojcicki says that one day she hopes people will come together with similar genetic profiles and compare them and their notes about themselves, and others say that it is a matter of time before everyone knows what their genome has in store for them with respect to disease and the like. Yet researchers also believe that even if people know about a chance for disease they have, over half will not act on it. Maybe that will change in the future, but we cannot know now....
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2011 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Johnsmith during the Spring '11 term at Emmanuel College.
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