Sage Bionetworks’ Stephen Friend lists at Xcomony five technologies that he thinks “will be relegated to museum displays in the next five (OK, maybe 10) years.” That list includes genome-wide association studies, proteomics as an “end approach” to studying disease, and “hunter-gatherer approaches” in which researchers collect clinical and genomic data from a large group, such as the Framingham cohort, to analyze themselves. Regarding GWAS, Friend writes that “single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) analysis isn’t going to last long as a major driver of biologic insight. Within the next one to two years, people will wake up to ‘ITEGS’— ‘It’s the entire genome, stupid.’” At In the Pipeline, Derek Lowe looks the list over. “I think the list is mostly correct,” he writes.
Technologies on Their Last Breath?
Jan 08, 2010