Policy ForumPUBLIC HEALTH

A Case Study of Personalized Medicine

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Science  04 Apr 2008:
Vol. 320, Issue 5872, pp. 53-54
DOI: 10.1126/science.1156604

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    I read with interest the short Policy Forum article on personalized medicine ("A case study of personalized medicine," by S. H. Katsanis et al., 4 April 2008, p. 53). I was surprised that while the terms “genotype” and “gene” were mentioned nearly 20 times in the short article, the word “phenotype” never appeared.

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