Since the discovery of the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) by Francis Crick and James D. Watson in 1953 the promise of identifying the genetic causes of diseases has tantalized clinicians and researchers. The Human Genome Project, completed in 2003, mapped the entire human genetic structure and only heightened these expectations.
Earlier this week I sat in on a Web broadcast announcing the launch of the Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research. The lead presenters were former Congressman Patrick Kennedy and Dr. David Satcher, former Surgeon General of the United States. Both men are longtime advocates of mental health reform. The broadcast was interesting, inspiring and spot-on regarding many issues.
But I wanted something more.