Dealing with Data

In a recent article in The Atlantic, David Shaywitz suggests that all medical knowledge should be aggregated into one big database — "a 'big data' project that would collect in one searchable repository all of the parameters that measure or could conceivably reflect human well-being." This would include information on patients ranging from genomic data to details on their microbiome to family history and a record of their medications.

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