Flashcards in 1.5. Human Genomics Deck (4):
What is bioinformatics?
The science of collecting and analysing the data resulting from the studies of the genome. It uses computer technology to identify DNA sequences.
What is systematics?
Using sequence data to provide information on the evolutionary relationships between humans and other species.
Discuss the pros and cons of personalised medicine.
Pros: If patient genotype could be related to the effects of the drug before treatment, this could maximise the benefits of the treatment by identifying who the medicine would be most beneficial for.
Cons: It is very difficult to tell whether a mutation is neutral or harmful.