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FUTURE TRENDS: What is precision medicine?

President Barack Obama has allotted $215 million in his 2016 budget for the Precision Medicine Initiative, an effort intended to accelerate the development of new, targeted therapies based on study of genomics.  Precision medicine is a new name for personalized medicine.  Fine tuning chemotherapy based on a cancer patient’s genetic makeup is a key objective; and the National Cancer Institute will receive about one-third of the funding.  However, the majority of the $215 million total will go to building a database of extensive patient information – medical records, genetic make-up, lifestyle, and other data from ONE MILLION or more volunteers.  The White House press release recognizes the need to guarantee privacy for these volunteers’ personal medical information and mentions how that task might be approached.

SourcesFact sheet: President Obama’s precision medicine initiative. (2015, Jan. 30). The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. Retrieved from https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/30/fact-sheet-president-obama-s-precision-medicine-initiative 

Ashley, E.A. (2015, Apr. 30). The precision medicine initiative: A new national effort. JAMA. Retrieved from http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2289153  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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