Invention of the microscope centuries ago revolutionized scientific perspective, unlocking a world previously hidden to human eyes and opening doors to improved medical treatments and hygiene.
Today, another innovation promises exponentially greater rewards in understanding the nature of life and improving people’s conditions.
“Genomics is the new microscope — it’s as simple as that,” said Illumina executive Dawn Barry in a recent interview in her hometown of Solana Beach.
“Genomics is like our whole book of life,” Barry elaborated. “Everything has DNA — even nonliving things have DNA on them. It’s a tracking system — the new microscope. We haven’t even imagined all...