Progress towards personalized medicine

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Stewart Bates explores how the advent of improved genomic tools has greatly hastened our understanding of the molecular pathology of diseases and how this could enable us to redefine diseases at the molecular level. Together with improved diagnostic criteria, Bates discusses the question: ‘how close is personalized medicine to delivering on its promise?’

In addition, Bates discusses the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) published their well-considered report ‘Priorities for Personalized Medicine’. The PCAST report the potential for personalized medicine to reshape healthcare provision and economics in the years ahead. He also explores targeted therapy in cancer, molecular diagnostics, companion diagnostics and therapy targeted at specific disease subpopulations outside of oncology.

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