Genes and environment: complex interactions at the heart of personalized medicine

Personalized medicine uses methods of molecular analysis, especially genetic sequencing and transcription, in order to simultaneously identify genetic mutations to evaluate each individual’s risk of contracting a given disease. It seems that there is more than a single mechanism at hand, as proven by the work of a team of geneticists at the University of Geneva’s (UNIGE) Faculty of Medicine, and the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics.

They concluded that establishing the list of mutations present in a person’s genome is not sufficient to predict that person’s future health. The study can be found in the latest online edition of Nature Genetics.
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