Voice of America - "Aspen Ideas Festival Inspires, Engages, Promotes Debate"

 – July 2, 2013  –– 

Every summer, some of the most interesting thinkers, leaders and artists in the U.S. gather to share ideas in Aspen, Colorado. It's called the Aspen Ideas Festival.  It is an incubator of creativity which attracts the best and the brightest in many fields - from across the United States and around the world to the small western U.S. town of Aspen, known for its great natural beauty. Dr. Joel Dudley is director of bioinformatics and assistant professor of genetics and genomic sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He shared at Aspen the great strides made in health care, specifically in the field of personal genomics. "A genome for a single individual, for example, will have six billion letters in it, so six billion with a "B" letters. It's a tremendous amount of information to interpret, and we now have the tools to make it cheap and easy, relatively easy, to interpret that, or at least measure that," he explained. Learn more