Genes, John Wayne and Population Health

Nov 12, 2010, 1:26 AM, Posted by

Pioneer Team Leader Paul Tarini posted his take on TEDMED and the broader issue of the movement towards personalized medicine on the Huffington Post today. According to Paul, it's time to start changing the way we percieve the impact of genetic data, away from a focus on the individual and towards how we can harness that knowledge to create change on a broad scale:

There’s another path, one that assumes and embraces a dynamic tension between the drive to personalized medicine and our national interest in population health.  Yes, our exploration of our genomes will produce knowledge that enables targeted, personalized care.  But aggregated, it can also produce knowledge that will advance our understanding of population-level health problems and present new opportunities to address them.

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This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Pioneering Ideas blog.