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July 4, 2017

No Shortcuts on the Long Road to Evidence-Based Genomic Medicine

Author Affiliations
  • 1Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA. 2017;318(1):27-28. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.6315

Rapid advances in genomics have led to a new era of precision medicine, resulting in a substantial increase in the number of genetic tests available for research and clinical practice. As of April 27, 2017, the Genetic Testing Registry,1 maintained and updated by the National Institutes of Health, contained information on 49 521 tests conducted at 492 laboratories for 10 733 disease conditions involving 16 223 genes. These tests cover a wide variety of diseases, rare and common, for different types of applications such as diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.