Weekend must read: The Death of Patient Zero

click to enlargeThe story of one woman with advanced cancer–Stephanie Lee–as doctors and researchers at Mount Sinai NYC race to save her with genomics-driven personalized medicine. We see its limitations, along with the limitations of conventional medicine and the problems of the stateside military medical system–Mrs Lee’s husband was killed in combat in Iraq in 2005. What was unlimited was the courage of her family, her friends and her medical advocates, especially one of those Mount Sinai genomicists, Eric Schadt, an “evangelical Christian turned mathematician turned biologist turned genomicist who had become one of the evangelical forces behind the “Big Data” revolution” and Dr Dennis Charney, the head of Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine who has made a home for gene sequencing research there. Tom Junod writes about Patient Zero in Esquire –including why she was given that name.  Photo–Esquire

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