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September 8, 2015

Seven Questions for Personalized Medicine

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  • 2Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • 3Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing

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JAMA. 2015;314(10):999-1000. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.7725

Personalized or precision medicine maintains that medical care and public health will be radically transformed by prevention and treatment programs more closely targeted to the individual patient. These interventions will be developed by sequencing more genomes, creating bigger biobanks, and linking biological information to health data in electronic medical records (EMRs) or obtained by monitoring technologies. Yet the assumptions underpinning personalized medicine have largely escaped questioning. In this Viewpoint, we seek to stimulate a more balanced debate by posing 7 questions for the advocates of personalized medicine.