Double Helix Squared
Since the completion of the human genome project, researchers and doctors have made scientific discovery leading to better preventive care, clinical management, and personalized medication regimen. However, new information can lead to more questions, and possible new and 'more cost'.
On Jan. 20, 2013, scientists published their findings highlighting and discovery of the quadruple helix. This is an exciting new development, as it may lead to a new way of stopping cell division, or possibly rapidly progressing cancers. One thing to think about, is the competition with producers of chemotherapy drugs. Think about this on an economic level. Could this help reduce the cost and time of cancer treatment? What kinds of impacts on healthcare could this have? On a scientific level, what could be the potential 'harms' from inhibitors blocking DNA replications (i.e. side effects)?