In 2001, JAMA and its related journals published a special genomics issue at a time when the sequencing of the human genome was finishing.1 This issue of the Archives on clinically relevant genetics and genomics comes a mere 7 years later and heralds the rapid progress in deciphering the human genome and the genetic basis of disease. This issue showcases a few of the latest advances in clinical genetics of the skin. While scientific progress opens opportunities for medical breakthroughs, it also engenders additional challenges that need to be addressed in the years to come.
Anthony E. Oro. Dermatology in the Postgenomic EraHarnessing Human Variation for Personalized Medicine. Arch Dermatol. 2008;144(3):389–391. doi:10.1001/archderm.144.3.389