Personalized Medicine: How the Human Genome Era Will Usher in a Health Care Revolution

National Human Genome Research Institute

National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Personalized Medicine: How the Human Genome Era
Will Usher in a Health Care Revolution

Personalized medicine has the potential to transform healthcare through earlier diagnosis, more effective prevention and treatment of disease, and avoidance of drug side effects. The challenge for policymakers will be to deal intelligently and comprehensively with the array of issues that will affect quality of healthcare under this new paradigm.

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On February 10, 2005, NHGRI Director Dr. Francis Collins, the senior advisor on genomics in the Federal government, outlined his vision for the future of genomics-based medicine to the Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC) at the National Press Club. He also explored the numerous policy issues that must be addressed to realize the full potential of this new area of medicine.

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Last Updated: March 17, 2012