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Apr 20, 2009

Personalized Medicine’s Future

The promise of personalized medicine looks like it will remain just that: simply a promise, at least for the foreseeable future. Researchers are discovering that genetic links to various human diseases obtained through genome-wide association studies are often very weak. Some scientists are calling for a new approach to understanding how genes influence the development of disease. We want to know which technique you think has the best chance to succeed.

Which of the following is best suited to unraveling the potential of personalized medicine?

Stick with genome-wide association (GWA) studies, as they will eventually generate concrete gene/disease links
 
  37.8%
Ditch the GWA technique and focus on unraveling the complete genomes of individuals
 
  24.5%
No opinion
 
  37.8%

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