Science Song of the Week #48: “Amazing DNA”

On Monday the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in the category of explanatory reporting. Its winning feature was a series called One in a billion: A boy’s life, a medical mystery. A central focus of the series was doctors’ diagnosis of the boy by sequencing his exome (all of the exons in his genome). Part three of the series quotes Francis Collins, head of the NIH:

“It’s thrilling to see that this has come around as a real consequence so soon because it took us the better part of 13 years to sequence the first human genome,” said Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health…. “To now find, just a few years later, that it’s possible to apply this in a medical situation and come up with an answer to a puzzling disorder of a child, is really remarkable and very gratifying.”

It’s clear that Collins has thought a lot about the future of personalized medicine because he has even written a song about it! Called Amazing DNA, it’s set to the tune of the old Del Shannon hit “Runaway.”

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