If I were conducting the interview with George Church, I'd have asked more about the specific types of predictions genomics allows us to make in the present, and to what degree its power to predict may increase in the future. While I feel the interview touched on a variety of topics at varying depths, there wasn't a lot of focus placed on how genomics is currently being used, and how it may be used in the future. There were some brief examples included such as how genomics revealed Angelina Jolie had a high predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer, so she had surgery as a preventative measure to decrease her chances, even though the cancer itself was not yet present. I would have loved to hear other practical applications of genomic predictions, as I find the topic to still be very novel and interesting. Hearing the few examples shared of how genomics is influential in the present made me curious as to how it may progress in the future, perhaps becoming commonplace in everyday life.
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Hey Eric, I think those are great questions to ask and I also was interested in the broader potential predictive power of genomics in the medical sphere, but also outside of it in regards to common trait such as hair color, height, etc, since certain traits do have both genetic as well as environmental factors. I would also be interested to see how an expert in genomics like Professor Church thought of the ethics of genetic prediction -- whether there was some ethical line regarding genetic forecasting and engineering that scientists should never cross even if they had the technological capability to.