Category Archives: Precision medicine

Ignoring the science for a bigger box of crayons

Once upon a time in the days before enlightenment, we tried to use science to develop our drugs. Believe it or not, researchers actually had to come up with a hypothesis of how a drug might work, what disease it…

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Precision medicine in the real world

In a perfect world, doctors would have the diagnostics to determine the right treatment for each patient at the right dose and the right time. It would be called precision medicine. In our world, researchers, doctors and patients are teased…

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Sharing deeply of ourselves: Still messy

In the capital of digital sharing and over-sharing, Silicon Valley, contributing one’s whole genome to science in the name of fun and self-knowledge has never felt that controversial. Engineers share software code liberally every day on sites like GitHub and…

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Patient engagement as important as the data

The thought of having unfettered access to all the medical and genomic data of a million Americans had researchers gathered at the National Institutes of Health’s first workshop on precision medicine licking their lips. Almost giddy with excitement, they contemplated…

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