Three Takes on Curing Disease
August 28, 2013
The Human Diseasome
Mapping the genetic links among all diseases
Albert-László Barabási, Distinguished Professor of Physics – One of the world’s foremost network scientists, Barabási is leading an interdisciplinary team of researchers on a quest to construct the human “diseasome”—the sum of all human diseases and the ways they relate to one another.
Once the diseasome is more fully mapped, Barabási says, physicians could use individual genetic mutations as a predictor of future health. And pharmaceutical researchers would have a powerful tool to design drugs with greater precision and effectiveness.