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The Human Genome Turns Ten

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In this week’s Science, Angela Creager reviews Drawing the Map of Life, about the Human Genome Project. Her review emphasizes that the human genome, now ten years old, is an exemplar of the ways in which science and technology successfully unfold together. Creager concludes her review describing Drawing the Map of Life’s view on the new frontiers of genomic medicine—mostly to be realized in the future.

To further celebrate and document the decade since the human genome was unveiled Nature is presenting a series of special editorials, articles, and web features. Philip Ball’s “Bursting the Genomic Bubble” argues that the promise of personalized medicines has not arrived but will arrive soon enough to merit a massive investment. In contrast NIH director Francis Collins discusses the phenomenal advances in science and technology of the past decade, acknowledging however that “the consequences for clinical medicine, however, have thus far been modest.” Overall, Collins, unsurprisingly, remains optimistic and hopeful about what the genome can offer to medicine in its second decade.

As part of its Biotechnology History and Policy Program, CHF hosted the 2010 Gordon Cain Conference, Personalizing Medicine Here and Now: Empirical Studies of Post-Genome Medicine this past May. The sessions featured discussions on direct-to-consumer genetic testing, changing ideas about race and medical diagnostics, and regulation of personalized genomic medicine. For more information about the Cain Conference and CHF’s current work related to genomic medicine contact Pei Koay.

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