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Medical News & Perspectives
November 22/29, 2000

Relating Genomic Research to Patient Care

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JAMA. 2000;284(20):2581-2582. doi:10.1001/jama.284.20.2581

Philadelphia—As researchers continue to coax meaning from the four-letter language coiled in the centers of cells, they are amassing great amounts of data about the genetic underpinnings of common conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, information that they hope can be translated into reductions in disease incidence, improvements in diagnosis, and individualized therapies. Because of this work, genomic medicine is less often restricted to the study of rare, inherited conditions and is entering the mainstream of health care.