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Tim McDaniels, PhD, Director of Scientific Research at Illumina
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Listen (5:07) Mom diagnosed with rare T-cell cancer
Listen (7:50) Path to genome sequencing
Listen (5:56) Finding two key genes leads to unusual treatment
Listen (5:30) Regression, then reoccurence
Listen (4:54) How has this changed your view of health?
Today's story is a roller coaster of a ride. So far genomic medicine continues to be about those patients who by chance come across someone with knowledge of the latest in genomics.
Tim McDaniel is a Director of Scientific Research at Illumina, and so was in a unique position when his mother was diagnosed with a rare T-cell cancer. In the beginning of her illness, which first manifested as a nasty skin rash, Tim's mother, Beth, was in that "wilderness of rare illnesses." Her chance upon a doctor who had some experience with her cancer was just the beginning of this up and down tale. Tim attended the AGBT conference in Marcos Island, FL as part of his job at Illumina. There a new world opened up to him as he sat in on the presentation of an exciting story of genomic medicine. He encouraged his mother to have her genome sequenced which led to some helpful findings.
The plot of today's show, along with Tim's natural talent for storytelling will keep you on the edge of your seat.