From human genome to global genome – why precision medicine must address genetic diversity

The publication of the first human genome sequence more than 15 years ago marked the start of a new era in medicine. In the years since then, researchers have greatly expanded knowledge of gene-disease links and gained a better understanding of the underlying molecular pathways.

The first precision therapies, targeted to specific molecular alterations, are already available. Despite this progress, the lack of diversity in genetic databases limits the potential benefits and markets for these advances. To further grow the field of precision medicine, much more knowledge is needed of the global diversity found in the human genome.

By Sumit Jamuar, Dr Jonathan Picker, Dr Saumya Jamuar, & Dr Yaron Turpaz

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