What Does “Precision Medicine” Have to Say About Prevention?

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The Precision Medicine Initiative1 announced by President Obama aims to be a novel approach to disease treatment and prevention by allowing for individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle. Although its immediate goal is to support clinical trials of targeted cancer therapies based on a tumor’s molecular signature, about half of its $200+ million budget for this year is aimed at a new cohort study of 1 million people for research on etiology and prevention.1,2 Here, I focus on the relevance of genomic research to personalized prevention.
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