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The low hanging fruit in the garden of good and evil.

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low hanging fruit

I have been told that cancer genetics is the ‘low hanging fruit’ of personalized medicine. 

I have my reservations about this analogy.  As you all know, I am a big proponent of personalized medicine.  And I also remain optimistic that personalized medicine will be a fruitful and rewarding endeavor.  However, part of me is concerned that we are like ants picking away at the fruit of the tree of life.  This sacred tree that hold the source code of life, that which holds our very identity… that which make us unique.  Perhaps we should be more mindful of our actions and how we conduct ourselves during this technological adolescence.  Sometimes, I think that the Genomic era is much like a modern day Gold Rush with everyone climbing over each other in a mad dash to stack their claim to the bounty. 

By seeking the true knowledge of ourselves within our DNA, we seek a deeper understanding of ourselves and our place in the Universe, both from a Darwinian as well as a spiritual viewpoint.  To this end, we should remind ourselves to walk uprightly, square our actions and walk confidently in this garden of good and evil motivated by the search of truth and not by material gain.       

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Written by Jonathan Holt, DO

April 20, 2009 at 11:44 am