As databases containing the genetic information of individuals proliferate, an opportunity for physicians, researchers, and individuals to find people with specific rare mutations exists. Matchmaker Exchange represents an effort to tie together a variety of databases and make them accessible through a single portal. We spoke to Anthony Philippakis, Cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a Data Scientist at the Broad Institute’s Program for Medical and Population Genetics, about the Matchmaker Exchange, which he helped to create. Philippakis discussed how the exchange works, the benefits he hopes it will provide, and the technical and other challenges it faces.
Daniel S. Levine is an award-winning business journalist who has reported on the life sciences, economic development, and business policy issues throughout his 25-year career. He founded Levine Media Group in 2013 to provide strategic communications to life sciences companies. He is host of The Bio Report and RARECast podcasts, a senior fellow at the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, and a member of the advisory board of the California Biotechnology Council.
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