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Vox HHS: The Personalized Medicine White Paper

The Health Populi blog has a post on personalized medicine, focusing on a white paper published this month by the US Department of Health and Human Services and last week's issue of Science. The HHS paper, entitled Personalized Health Care: Opportunities, Pathways, Resources, "provides a straightforward primer on genomics and health IT as the dual foundations of personalized health care," writes Jane Sarasohn-Kahn. She notes, however, that more attention should be paid to patient participation in the process:

We've learned a lot about informed consent, attention spans, and health literacy to know that engaging the patient/consumer is a major challenge. Here, the supporting roles of advisors, coaches, family, friends, and communities will be crucial building blocks, along with the sound science.


The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.