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Personalized Genetics: It’s getting interesting

There are so many things to write about and as it’s getting extremely harder to keep up with the recent literature, I just share these blogposts and news with you to keep you up-to-date about personalized medicine. I don’t think this new field of medicine will have a major role in the future of healthcare, I think the whole healthcare system and medicine itself will be entirely centered around individualized genetics. And even if I’m 23 years old, I read the next words with a smile on my face:

But I have faith that personalized medicine will sweep the hallowed halls of medicine. A friend of mine in the telecommunications world tells me that all revolutions start with people in their 20s. Medicine is no exception. Students entering medical school now, encouraged by the needs of their patients, will be the ones to make personalized medicine happen. They will catch the wave and, no doubt, put an end to template care too.

Now, it appears to no one’s surprise that 23andMe has learned that there are regulations governing what they do. Yes, if you diagnose disease, whether it be through DNA or a home diabetes test, telling people about their health risks is a health issue.


Bottom Line, if deCode comes out and markets this test they should be shot. If they do sell it, it is only a sign of how absolutely horrible the financial position they are in. Smokers don’t need further encouragement to keep smoking…..It is hazardous to them and the ones they love. Just quit….I can’t stand your smoke or paying for your cancers….

Let me finish this collection with the lately published JAMA articles focusing on personalized genetics:

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  1. Steve will be delighted to know that they have been testing and charging for it.

    rs1051730 is tested by deCODEme and 23andMe.

    It is part of Illumina’s standard collection, and has been for a while. This is probably part of why the discovery was made.

    April 4, 2008
  2. frozenmangos #

    I am disappointed in the progress medicine has made. I feel that we are too busy treating symptoms and not researching problems.

    April 4, 2008
  3. And how do you think medical students can make this happen??

    April 5, 2008
  4. Actually, I don’t think of it with a smile on my face.
    Health Insurance Companies–Good Ones even–who don’t want to pay even after a pre-existing condition arises. Imagine what will happen during the interim when a person is tagged with a genetic predisposition.

    Also, with the genetic variation tests available-one may have only a 30%-80% chance of developing a condition.

    What happens when a doctor treats one genetic variation that may lead to the activation of another situation; for instance, tumor growth?

    My point is: Medicine will never become exact–even if a human being is perfectly mapped out. Why? Quirks in chemistry, physics,environment, and personal habits–will collide.

    Nice looking blog though–good titles.

    My blog:

    April 6, 2008
  5. YS: By being open to this new world of medicine and by writing about it on our blogs as long as we cannot study it in medical school.

    April 7, 2008

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