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OK, so maybe the Human Genome Project won't cause a revolution in the field of medicine by enabling us to predict diseases as a result of genetic testing. The place I believe it will have the most benefit is on the treatment side - helping to determine who will be cured by a medicine, who won't be, and who might actually be harmed. In my vision of personalized medicine, the data we will carry around with us is not about the diseases we might get, but rather the treatments we should avoid - like the Med ID bracelets that tell a care giver not to give penicillin to a patient. Another area where I think genomics and proteomics will have a significant impact is in understanding pathogens - how they work and how to stop them.
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