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Pine Biotech’s educational courses seek to provide learners with the skills to use this type of technology in their own work. Click here to explore online educational modules on a variety bioinformatic topics.

Big data represents one of the fastest growing areas in education and one of the biggest challenges currently facing tech companies in this era. Yet this challenge has huge benefits, as it offers the potential to disseminate knowledge with physicians struggling to stay current with the latest clinical practices.

Personalized medicine, made possible by big data, allows for the tailoring of treatments for an individuals needs. The testing of genetic information before treatment can allow patients to avoid taking medications that may be harmful or ineffective. This allows for physicians to tailor each individual patients treatment by their genetic information.

For example, Warfarin, a commonly prescribed anticoagulant, dosage can be changed for optimal treatment by understanding the genetic markers that affect a patient’s metabolism. While this field is still developing, a targeted drug therapy could be produced for each individual patient and increase the success rate for illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.