Wednesday, April 2, 2008

“We have seen the future and the future is …”

Gene chips

  • Health care experts predict that at the time of birth, every individual will receive a birth certificate and a personal “gene chip”
  • Gene chip will contain the patient’s “functional” genomic signature
  • Health care professionals will use chips to determine disease susceptibility and how the patient will respond to the environment and to drugs.
  • The ability to interpret genome-based information will become an essential skill for understanding disease and optimizing drug therapy for each patient.

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