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Race, genetics, and medicine

A fascinating article about the role of genetics, race, and societal interactions is in today’s New York Times. Before you blow this off, consider the following points.
1. so-called “personalized medicine” is touted by some as the next big breakthrough in medicine, using genomics to customize therapies for individuals
2. there has been a considerable increase in the investment in and marketing of drugs that are targeted to distinct “racial groups”.
3. there is some evidence that this makes sense, and other evidence that it makes no sense whatsoever.
4. the push to unravel the human genome is both supporting and detracting from the “race-based drug development” effort.
5. billions will be invested in research in these areas

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