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TEDTalk (video): Want to prevent genetic disease? Study the healthy … right now: Stephen Friend at TED2014

March 19, 2014

TEDTalk (video): Want to prevent genetic disease? Study the healthy … right now: Stephen Friend at TED2014

Stephen Friend wants your genes — no, really. Today at TED2014 he announced  the Resilience Project, a new crowdsourced effort to understand the quirks and patterns of human genetic code that control — and could help treat — genetic diseases.

Thirty years ago, the open-science advocate was working as a pediatric oncologist at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia when a man brought in his child for an appointment. “They both had their right eye missing, from a rare form of inherited eye tumor — retinoblastoma — and the father knew he had passed that on to the son,” Friend says. The sense of sadness and hopelessness that he saw in the father, that came with such a diagnosis unsettled and upset Friend, who says, “That moment changed my life.”

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