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 .
Hampton T. Physicians Apply Genome Research to Treating Critical Illness and Injury. JAMA. 2004;291(3):287-288. doi:10.1001/jama.291.3.287