Over at his blog this week, the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein discusses the impact of genomic medicine on what he calls "the coming explosion in healthcare inequality." According to Klein, should genome-based medicine come to fruition, such that "we’ll be able to use the information contained in an individual's DNA sequence to target their therapies much more precisely," healthcare inequality will increase.

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