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July 25, 2007
From the Sequencer to the Drugstore?
A science writer who's read this blog for some time asked me a question which I thought I'd throw out to the readership. I was, in yesterday's post, making reference through gritted teeth to the amount of money the drug industry spent on genomic approaches. So here's the question, verbatim: "What drugs, if any, have been developed thanks in large part to insights gleaned from the human genome project?"
I don't think we're going to have to use many fingers, personally, given what I've seen. The "in large part" clause will take care of a lot of tangential cases that have been claimed mostly for PR purposes. There may be some dispute about the word "developed", since it could still be early for something to be hitting the market from the time of the Human Genome Project. Let's take that to mean "shown substantial and continuing clinical progress".
And I realize that there's room to argue about the "human genome project" part of the question, too, since many small companies (deCODE, Millennium, Incyte, etc.) did a lot of work of their own outside of the official HGP. But for argument's sake, let's throw the question open to all the genomic approaches. Examples?
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