Will Precision Medicine Move Us beyond Race?

Will Precision Medicine Move Us beyond Race?

The New England Journal of Medicine
2016-05-26 (Volume 374, Number 21)
DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1511294

Vence L. Bonham, J.D., Senior Advisor to the NHGRI Director on Genomics and Health Disparities
National Human Genome Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland

Shawneequa L. Callier, J.D., Professorial Lecturer in Law
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Charmaine D. Royal, Ph.D., Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and Genome Sciences
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Although self-identified race may correlate with geographical ancestry, it does not predict an individual patient’s genotype or drug response. Precision medicine may eventually replace the use of race in treatment decisions, but several hurdles will have to be overcome.

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