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Thomas Goetz is executive editor at Wired Magazine and author of the new book, "The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health In the New Era of Personalized Medicine."

Thomas Goetz is executive editor at Wired Magazine and author of the new book, "The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health In the New Era of Personalized Medicine."

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  • Eddy Curry was drafted by chicago bulls in 2001– promising athlete “franchise player”
  • In 2005 playoffs in north carolina before a game with the charlotte hornets felt his heart racing – could it be HCM?
  • Caused alarm because in recent years two other players have had sudden bouts of HCM & died on the court
  • Spent months considering options - finally
  • Curry was sent all over the country to get tests, spent summer getting worked up – verdict: healthy, but…
  • When the next NBA season came around in September 2005, the Bulls offered Curry a new $5 million contract, with one condition attached: He had to test his DNA. he could take the test If he didn’t have the genetic mutation for HCM, he could take the contract and play with the team. If he did have the mutation, he'd have to quit basketball
  • As far as bulls concerned, he had 2 choices: take test or quit.
  • But curry’s deicison tree was actually different than that: he had a third choice – he could quit the bulls, if he could find a team that would take him w/o a DNA test.
  • Question for curry boiled down to privacy - & indeed raised broader questions about employers compelling DNA tests. No protections.
  • Finally he got an offer from the NY Knicks - $TK M & no test.
  • Seemed he’d outwitted system & triumphed
  • So here’s where he stood
  • Curry was an eater
  • His weight had ballooned from a listed weight of 285 to as much as 360 lbs – 6 foot 11 – but still – that’s big.
  • curry may’ve been minding his DNA, but he wasn’t’ minding the other component of his decision tree, a much larger component – his behavior.
  • In summer 2009, after miserable season knicks sent him to a fat camp – didn’t work, at end of 2010 season knee problems had benched him TK - result
  • GINA - -employers & insurers cannot demand DNA or discriminate on basis of genetic information.

Thomas Goetz on Decision Trees for Ignite Bay Area Thomas Goetz on Decision Trees for Ignite Bay Area Presentation Transcript

  • Eddy Curry’s Decision Tree Thomas Goetz @tgoetz
  • (or, how a young man from Harvey, Illinois made it to the NBA, outwitted the Chicago Bulls, and paved the way for genetic privacy, only to be undone by hubris)
  • Pcture  of  eddy   curry  
  • Hank Gathers Reggie Lewis
  • Flickr: dullhunk
  • Eddy Curry’s Decision Tree: Bulls Version
  • Eddy Curry’s Decision Tree: His Version
  • “This is far bigger than just the sports world….As far as DNA testing, we're just at the beginning of that universe.” -Eddy Curry’s lawyer
  • Picture  of  curry  in   Knicks  uniform  
  • Flickr: genBug
  • November 21, 2009: Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
  • Lesson: every decision matters, even the little ones