What is personalized medicine?

After researchers sequenced the human genome, they had a "map" of the human genes in DNA. This new genetic knowledge opens up the possibility of developing "targeted" therapies for people with specific gene sequences, and it can help physicians choose from among existing medicines the treatments that best meet individual genetic, lifestyle and environmental differences.

In addition, researchers are developing genetic tests that can tell us if we are susceptible to certain types of cancer, atherosclerosis, stroke, osteoporosis, vision and hearing loss, or even cavities. The patient and physician can use this information to establish a program of health management, including monitoring, as well as lifestyle, nutrition or protective drug therapy.

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