(De)Personalized Medicine

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Science  08 Mar 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6124, pp. 1155-1156
DOI: 10.1126/science.1234106

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Personalized medicine is often described as genomics-based knowledge that "promises the ability to approach each patient as the biological individual he or she is" (1). This is an appealing description, yet unless clinical, social, and environmental features that affect the outcomes of disease are also incorporated, the current approach may be carving a path to "depersonalized" medicine, both in its science and its relevance to medical practice.