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Step 1: Diagnosis, Step 2: Treatment – the two cornerstones of clinical practice follow each other naturally, sharing considerations to plan a course of action. But what of initial prevention? What of Step Zero? In their revitalisation of personalised care, supporters of genomic medicine may also change how we utilise preventative measures, and the pharmaceuticals that bring them.
Modern science, perhaps more than any other sphere, benefits from open, interconnected networks of knowledge and of people. We continue to pool larger subject samples, to share more data, and to seek the expertise of specialists across a veritable pick 'n' mix of labs.
Until recently, almost 95% of the human genome was neglected by medical research.(1) Despite completing the full genome map in 2003, researchers were sure that only the coding genes – that active 5% – played any role in disease. The full gene sequencing that once took 13 years can now be done in a day, however, and it is only with this leap in technology that the enigmatic 95% has come in to focus.