NEW YORK, Aug. 4, (GenomeWeb News) - The National Institute of Health in Mexico announced last month that a national medical genomics center will be created as part of a nationwide plan that was started four years ago to improve healthcare.
The center, INMEGEN will serve to apply knowledge of the human genome towards improving the health of Mexicans, said Gerardo Jimenez Sanchez, the director of the new center during an announcement ceremony on July 19.
Secretary of Health Julio Frenk also said in a statement that the advent of genomic medicine represents a change in paradigm. "The clinical approach up to now was to diagnose and treat," said Frenk. "The new focus will be to predict and to prevent. Without abandoning our current community actions, genomic medicine allows us to advance to a more individualized medicine based on specific knowledge of the characteristics of the Mexican population."
Other officials present at the ceremony included President Vicente Fox Quesada, Jose Angel Cordova, the president of the Commission of Health and Reyes Tamez Guerra, the secretary of public education.