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Is precision medicine based on genetics?

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Genes are a big part of precision medicine, but they may not be the entire focus. Doctors could one day use other methods to determine how to customize your care. These methods could include:

  • The perfect diet for you -- and only you
  • Tests to find the bacteria in your digestive system
  • Blood samples to count your immune cells
  • Real-time tracking of your blood sugar levels, heartbeat, or blood pressure Anything that can give doctors a better sense of you as an individual has the potential to help them figure out how to make you healthier.

From: What Is Precision Medicine? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The White House: “FACT SHEET: President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative”

Collins, FS. , 2015. N Engl J Med

University of Utah Genetics Science Learning Center: “What Is Precision Medicine?”

Friedman, AA. Nature Reviews Cancer, 2015 “Precision medicine for cancer with next-generation functional diagnostics”

Schork, NJ. , 2015.  Nature

Redig, AJ. , 2015. Journal of Clinical Oncology

Collins, FS. , 2015.  New England Journal of Medicine

US National Library of Medicine: “What is the difference between precision medicine and personalized medicine?”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 10, 2018

SOURCES:

The White House: “FACT SHEET: President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative”

Collins, FS. , 2015. N Engl J Med

University of Utah Genetics Science Learning Center: “What Is Precision Medicine?”

Friedman, AA. Nature Reviews Cancer, 2015 “Precision medicine for cancer with next-generation functional diagnostics”

Schork, NJ. , 2015.  Nature

Redig, AJ. , 2015. Journal of Clinical Oncology

Collins, FS. , 2015.  New England Journal of Medicine

US National Library of Medicine: “What is the difference between precision medicine and personalized medicine?”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 10, 2018

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