What precision medicine is, and how it might save your life some day

January 30, 2015 11:52 AM

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The term “precision medicine’’ is one that most Americans had likely never heard before President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, but it is an area of exciting promise in biomedical research that will eventually improve health outcomes and potentially reduce healthcare costs.

The concept revolves around understanding the specific genetic changes that underlie such diseases as cancer, diabetes and cystic fibrosis. In general, patients with these types of diseases fall into different subgroups based on the genetic changes that can cause the diseases. Drugs tailored to addr...

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