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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15122834/?GT1=8618Finally after 5 years of nothing but news of hate, war, terrorism, 9-11 jihads, and other assorted wastes of human life, we still want to find a way to preserve the life that we so easily sacrifice.We have spent billions on war, we have religious fanatics who want all of us dead, and for the last 5 years, the world has turned into a madhouse.In spite of this obscene conduct of most of the world, there are still people who want to live and let live, literally. It gives us hope amongst the ashes of all of the misery that is taking place now and started on 9-11-01, and has gotten worse year by year.Having a good friend that I have known for 50 years (I turned 60 this year) come up with terminal pancreatic cancer (all pancreatic cancers are at this time terminal) and having lost another close friend who spent the better part of the last 10 years caring for his sick wife, who also died of pancreatic cancer 2 years ago, leaving him lonely and with a broken heart, which most likely ended his life prematurely, - having seen this, it makes the task of having a personalized genome capability all the more important. This dream of having this and eventually being able to fight the real enemy of all mankind, namely disease and genetic errors that cause them, may someday come true.I hope you all are well, and stay that way. After all, going through life healthy is the best way, isn't it?Here is a taste of the article linked above.Cheers and good healthEdThe foundation that inspired a private-sector race to space announced a new $10 million prize Wednesday — this time to inspire a race to sequence the human genetic map faster and cheaper.Although scientists have mapped one person's genome — through both public and private efforts — it was time-consuming and expensive. The X Prize Foundation wants to inspire someone to map 100 different human genomes in just 10 days.The effort could speed the era of personal genomics — in which each person's propensity to disease, response to drugs, and other tendencies are individually mapped, said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute. His institute is already working on ways to do this.Next frontiersThe X Prize Foundation sponsored a $10 million prize to try to fuel a commercial race to space, and in 2004 aviation pioneer Burt Rutan won the cash with SpaceShipOne, a piloted rocket plane that flew into space twice in one week.“Rapid genome sequencing is widely regarded as the next great frontier for science and will eventually allow doctors to determine an individual's susceptibility to disease and even genetic links to cancer,” the foundation said. This prize will be called the Archon Genomics X Prize.“I think someone will win this prize. I don't think they'll win it next week,” said Collins.Collins' institute spent 10 years and $300 million decoding the human genome. It got into its own race with Craig Venter, the brash founder of Celera Genomics, who did it with private funding but still spent $100 million and took nine months to do it. Eventually, Venter teamed up with the government scientists to publish a full genome map in 2001
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