Across the world, health care systems are feeling the cost of caring for the elderly. Chronic disease is straining rich and poor countries’ health systems alike. “Right now the most daunting and expensive human health program that increasingly the entire globe is facing is age-related chronic diseases,” Dr. Brad Perkins recently told the Aspen Ideas Forum in Abu Dhabi.
Enter genomics, a science that Perkins believes has the potential to reduce those costs by five to six fold. Perkins is chief medical officer at Human Longevity, Inc., a company that is working to link genomic mapping to clinical data. As he and fellow scientists work to hack the software of life, as he puts it, they expect to be able to provide far more specific treatments and recommendations for individual patients.