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Realizing the Opportunities of Genomics in Health Care

Geoffrey S. Ginsburg, MD, PhD
JAMA. 2013;309(14):1463-1464. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.1465.
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April 14, 2013, marks the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project. Concurrently, the nation is in the process of reforming health care, with the aims of reducing costs, increasing access, and improving outcomes. One decade since the Human Genome Project's end, the question remains, how has sequencing the human genome contributed to achieving these goals? When addressing this question it is important to remember that the Human Genome Project was not conceived with health care reform–related goals in mind. Rather it was an audacious scientific challenge that took advantage of the preeminence of the United States in life sciences to advance and accelerate knowledge of the fundamental biology of humans, as is necessary for the progress of medicine.

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