In the Financial Times, a Glasgow general practitioner writes that the theory of personalized medicine is "nice" but that she doesn't "buy it." The GP, Margaret McCartney, says that "most genetic information does not give us clear-cut answers" as genes don't work in isolation from environment and that there is a lack of treatment, personalized or not, for many diseases. "My worry is that the use of genetic risk assessments to direct treatment will produce more dilemmas rather than less," McCartney writes. "Many of these conundrums will rest on our ability to assess and judge our risk of disease — and our abilities to prevent it."
Jul 26, 2010