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The Best Description of Personalized Medicine

An excerpt from an article at Wired Science with the best description of personalized medicine ever (in red):

After talking about the tricky task of turning genetic variations associated with population-level risks of disease into medically advice useful for a single person sitting in an exam room, the panel was asked whether they’d recommend gene testing for everyone.

“For healthy patients with no family risks for anything, I wouldn’t advise tests for anything,” Lawrence Brody from the NHGRI said. Rosen voiced his own agreement, and Jeffrey Gulcher of DeCode Genetics nodded.

…personalized medicine would be a wonderful thing, but it’s a long ways off. In the meantime, doctors have a tough time with probabilities and the limitations of predictive values. And direct-to-consumer genetic tests are a crock.


It’s an important and hard question. If we shouldn’t test healthy patients, then why they test for cystic fibrosis in almost all the newborns regardless of ethnicity in the US?

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  1. Very nice blog Bertalan.

    The description of personalized (genomic) medicine is a good one but doesn’t really capture the essence of personalized medicine – in the sense of not just genetic personalization but also anatomic (somatic) personalization, etc. Ultimately, medicine interacts at the level of phenotype – not genotype – and to this extent focusing solely on the genetic aspects of personalized medicine is fairly limited. For some additional discussion on personalized medicine, see the blog entries on the new Life Sciences Business & Investment Daily blog at:

    One of these is a 4 minute audio (.mp3) Podcast ( ) and another article ( ) talks about the relationship between personalized medicine, convergent medical technologies and theranostics.



    August 4, 2007
  2. Anonymous #

    Dear Ogan!

    Thank you for the comment and the link! I must add you to my blogroll and feedreader.

    I’m also going to check those audio files.


    August 6, 2007
  3. Wonderful content about The description of personalized (genomic) medicine I was wondering if I can come up with this quality
    post sometime.Very informative.

    May 17, 2010
  4. While going through this post I felt that you have done a lot of research on the topic, I appreciate your efforts and glad that I found your blog. Keep posting such informative content.

    March 24, 2011

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