Personal Touch

Personalized medicine is an "antidote to what is too often a mass approach to medicine," writes Mary Brophy Marcus at Al Jazeera America. Centers like the Mayo Clinic are turning to genetic information to better understand and treat patients whose type of disease is unknown or who have advanced cancer, she adds.

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