personalized medicine

Breaking Genomic Bottlenecks

November 2, 2010

In its 13-year history, the National Human Genome Research Institute has had three directors. The first was James D. Watson, who had the small résumé advantage of being the co-discoverer of DNA. Watson was replaced by Francis Collins, who merely [Read more]

Dr. Computer Decides Cancer Risk

September 9, 2010

Last week, a multi-center study published in JAMA demonstrated the value of genetic testing for breast cancer risk, a simple test that allows women the choice of preventive surgery. The study and the accompanying editorial urged wider screening of [Read more]

To Test or Not to Test

August 5, 2010

The idealized view of genetic medicine is a world where every person’s DNA can be tested for the genes that predispose them to disease. Armed with this information, physician and patient can take early preventive steps to help decrease an [Read more]