I read an article this week in the Wall Street Journal about mapping the genes of a person. By the end of the year, if all goes as planned, Life Technologies Corp., will be able to map a person’s entire genetics for $1000. Yes, this can already be done but at a steep price of $3000 and at least a week, this new process can be done for a third of the cost and can be completed in less than a day. This could be a huge life changing development for all with the potential for saving many lives with detection of diseases or illnesses. Certain health risks may be able to be avoided or prevented because researchers would be able to provide personalized treatments.
If gene mappings were to catch on and be available to the public, the company and their facilities would not be equipped properly. Unless this is executed properly, this has the potential to be a complete disaster. With a more affordable price and a more health conscious public, when/if Life Technologies Corp. is able to make this a possibility then a whole restructuring would most likely need to happen. Because consumers are focused on quick and convenient, they would probably want the results available to them within the 24 hours.
Though this is different than building skyscrapers out of noodles and marshmallows, in theory it is quite similar. In order to deal with a high demand (the stack of papers that was placed on top of the skyscrapers), start with a plan and modify it as you go along. The worst thing you can do is continue along with a plan that is clearly not working.