* Date : 2016-12-20
How can one live a hundred years while staying healthy?
The advent of precision medicine has ushered in an era where people can lead longer and healthier lives.
Precision medicine starts with a technology for analyzing the human genome, which is made up of 3 billion DNA base pairs.
The genome of one person translates into 200 gigabytes of data, the analysis of which would not have been possible if it weren't for big data technology.
The combination of medicine and IT has also enabled the application of targeted therapies, which are effective for treating cancer and other serious diseases.
Depending on their genomes, different individuals react differently to the same disease and have different levels of resistance. Genomic analysis can be used to choose the right treatment method for each patient and even prevent a disease by discovering the disease-causing gene in advance.
Due to the above reasons, interest in precision medicine has recently increased. In the case of Korea, it has been selected as one of the government's nine strategic projects, and related researches are actively being carried out.
Catch glimpses of the future that precision medicine is expected to bring through the large-scale project aimed at securing the genomic data of 100,000 Asians, the researches conducted by the National Cancer Center to overcome cancer, and the genetic test kits that can now be conveniently purchased at pharmacies.