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Oxford’s Peter Donnelly on Genomics & Personalized Medicine

The next big challenge will be understanding what the information means for people in terms of risk of disease and guiding diagnosis and treatment when they get sick

The TDWI/Hatch team had good fortune to attend the amazing Personalized Medicine World Conference put on by Tal and Gadi Behar at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA on 1/26-28, 2015. Part of the good fortune included a chance to do a video interview Peter Donnelly, the Director of the Wellcome Trust Center for Human Genetics at the University of Oxford. We chatted about genomics and personalized medicine, of course.

Here is a glimpse into our conversation with Mr. Donnelly:
Q: A speaker said that the analysis of the genome isn’t really the challenge. The challenge is the phenome or the expression of the genome. First, do you agree? Second, talk to us about the challenges of understanding what the genes sequences actually mean to a clinician and to a patient.

A: So, I would largely agree with that…that is not a completely nailed down problem, but we are reasonably good at it. The real challenge, as you say, is to take that information and work out what it means for individuals…That’s a major challenge for us…and what I hope will be possible in clinical medicine over the next 5, 10, or 15 years.

Read more here: http://thedoctorweighsin.com/genomics-and-personalized-medicine-peter-donnelly/.

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