This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to the two women who discovered the CRISPR/Cas9 system. Let's take a look at how three different NC companies are using their technology.
Employment statistics can mask trends in individual industries. In other words, even though the job market looks bleak overall, there may still be jobs available, depending on which companies you look at. North Carolina's biotech job market, for example, is still open for business.
Understanding a complex system, however, is, well, complex. You need a lot of data from a lot of different sources – genetic information, eating habits, socioeconomic factors, and more. And then, you have to put all that data together to learn something useful.
With Next Generation Sequencing, an entire human genome can be sequenced in about 24 hours for less than one thousand dollars. NGS can detect diseases earlier, help people manage their risk of developing health problems, and help us track infectious diseases.