Medicine Version 2.0

The traditional practice of medicine provides care principally to those with overt disease and generally pursues clinical benefit through prescription drugs or surgical procedures.  In contrast, precision medicine is based upon preventive and treatment strategies that take individual genetic variability and lifestyle choices into account.  In the clinical setting, genetic tests can be used to determine the genetic cause of a disease, confirm a suspected diagnosis, predict future illness, detect when an individual might pass a genetic mutation to his or her children, and predict response to therapy (pharmacogenomics).



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