By DFK | November 13, 2013 at 01:23 PM EST | 19 comments
We have been spending quite a bit of time on information related to disease risk and drug response and a bit of time on ethical issues and most recently, all the "pieces of the pie" that must come together to make personalized medicine a reality. Hopefully, society will come to accept personalized medicine and the use of DNA in a positive manner to improve health. Since our DNA DOES NOT CHANGE, we are "stuck" with our genetic influence on disease and drug response...this will NOT change with time.
What will change with time is the amount of information that is available and the opportunities to educate ourselves. The two therapeutic areas where most of the DNA information is currently being applied are oncology and psychiatry. Certainly in oncology, the DNA of some tumors are used to identify targeted drug therapy. Unfortunately, the cancer area is very difficult and each cancer appears to have its own genetics. So, while some cancers are better understood, the genetics of all cancer cells have eluded us. This is a very difficult area and we are learning more and more every day.
So, speaking of learning, here is the challenge. Please go online and search for any piece of information related to personalized medicine that you believe can be used to educate us about genetics, DNA, pharmacogenetics, or personalized medicine itself. Then post the link. I would like to see at least 50 posts!!! We will then have a repository of some information that can be useful.