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J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012 Feb;129(2):327-34. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2011.12.971.

New approaches to personalized medicine for asthma: where are we?

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Channing Laboratory, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Mass 02115, USA. scott.weiss@channing.harvard.edu

Abstract

Access to an electronic medical record is essential for personalized medicine. Currently, only 40% of US physicians have such access, but this is rapidly changing. It is expected that 100,000 Americans will have their whole genome sequenced in 2012. The cost of such sequencing is rapidly dropping, and is estimated to be $1000 by 2013. These technological advances will make interpretation of whole genome sequence data a major clinical challenge for the foreseeable future. At present, a relatively small number of genes have been identified to determine drug treatment response phenotypes for asthma. It is anticipated that this will dramatically increase over the next 10 years as personalized medicine becomes more of a reality for asthma patients.

PMID:
22284929
DOI:
10.1016/j.jaci.2011.12.971
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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