Politics & Government

June 10, 2009 3:44 PM

New era of gene-based 'personalized medicine' dawning

Since scientists announced six years ago the completion of the Human Genome Project, a historic effort to decipher each of the 3 billion letters in the genetic instruction book for our species, thousands of people have submitted DNA to a wide array of follow-on studies. That's opened a new era of "personalized medicine'' that seeks to tailor therapies to patients based on their unique genetic makeups and medical histories.

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