How Big Data analysis is changing how we understand the living world
Ewan Birney FRS FMedSci, Director of the European Bioinformatics Institute, explores how genomics and big data – from DNA sequence to high-resolution imaging – present both opportunities and challenges for healthcare.Cambridge Science Festival 2016
We have been living through a revolution. The price of DNA sequencing and other high-throughput technologies has dropped like a stone over the past ten years, transforming molecular biology and opening the field for radical innovation. Combined with technologies that enable ordinary people to continuously monitor their bodies – and their doctors to provide glimpses of their internal workings – our approach to understanding the processes of life has changed radically. This talk will touch on the story of genomics so far, drawing parallels with game-changing technologies such as X-rays and their adoption in the 19th Century. We will explore recent innovations and the opportunities and challenges they present, and discuss their potential impact on society.