Genetic testing will make treating illnesses cheaper and more efficientby Jessica Abrahams / December 12, 2013 / Leave a comment
Published in January 2014 issue of Prospect Magazine
Medicine is going through a revolution. Genetic testing is starting to offer the chance of far more precisely targeted treatment, based on new knowledge about who is most likely to benefit.
The usual way of testing new medicines has been through large randomised control trials that determine what the average patient’s response is, sometimes with wide variations. But analysing the genetic and environmental information of a patient can tell us the risk of certain diseases, how those could progress, or how the person might respond to different treatments.