Medical News and Perspectives
January 21, 2004

Physicians Apply Genome Research to Treating Critical Illness and Injury

JAMA. 2004;291(3):287-288. doi:10.1001/jama.291.3.287

Washington—An intensive care unit (ICU), often charged with a sense of urgency, may seem worlds removed from functional genomics, the research-centered field that seeks to discover how genes and their products work individually and together. But scientists and physicians at a recent conference argued that knowledge of human responses to injury and infection at the molecular level might greatly improve critical care medicine.

At the second annual symposium on "Functional Genomics of Critical Illness and Injury" held at the National Institutes of Health headquarters in Bethesda, Md, the discussion began with how to move forward to apply the wealth of genetic information flowing from the recently completed human genome project to the clinic. Research is revealing that much can be gained from understanding the genetic basis of a patient's response to therapy.

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