Leroy Hood Quotes

  • Breast cancer isn't one disease - it's probably four or five different types, and without knowing what type a person has, you can't optimize treatment for them.
  • The major thing is to view biology as an information science.
  • I have good genes, and I also do lots of exercises.
  • If you look at healthcare today, it's all about disease. It's not about understanding wellness at all.
  • Life is a process of evolution.
  • If you know the mother's genome and the father's genome, and you see that the children have some genes that neither parent has, then you know that difference is either a mutation or a processing error.
  • All of the details that most of us memorize in medical school - you don't have to learn those things. They're going to be in your computer.
  • Almost never does a single company have excellence in a multiplicity of disciplines.
  • Cloning interferon was not something I wanted to get into.
  • The Human Genome Project has given us a genetic parts list.
  • Anybody that thought the genome was going to directly provide drugs was a fool. Biological networks are not simple, and making drugs to affect them won't be simple.
  • To manipulate the immune system, you need to find the key bottlenecks that govern the system. The T-cell is an absolute bottleneck.
  • Medicine will be personalized and preventive: Your genome might predict that you have an 80 percent chance of breast cancer by the time you are 50, but if you take a preventive drug starting when you are 40, the chance will drop to 2 percent.
  • The wellness and prevention market will outgrow the health care market.
  • If you go to the FDA with a drug that's only meant to treat 50 people, and it's a 95 percent cure rate, you'll get your drug approved.
  • What is unique about humans is their individuality.
  • The systems approach to biology will be the dominant theme in medicine.
  • We don't argue if drug companies create drugs that can cure humans and charge lots of money for them, even though we all have these diseases. It will be pretty hard to make a different argument for genes.
  • If you just focus on the smallest details, you never get the big picture right.
  • Each form of Alzheimer's disease should perturb different brain networks and so influence the concentration of different proteins that can be measured in the blood.
  • Genes are natural resources.
  • Data-intensive graph problems abound in the Life Science drug discovery and development process.
  • Your genome sequence will become a vital part of your medical record, thereby providing critical information about how to optimize your wellness.
  • If a startup stays in Microsoft, it does not have a chance, because all it tries to do goes against what Microsoft is about.