December 13, 2012 5:42 pm
Despite variation in cell behavior, cancer cell “clones” all had identical genomes, supposedly the all-powerful determinant of how cancer cells behave. This finding underlines that a tumor’s behavior depends on something other than its DNA.
July 27, 2012 5:53 pm
Personalized medicine can deliver better information to help patients make an individual choice about the risks and rewards of a particular course of treatment: which medicines will work for him or her, which drugs may pose a danger and whether doses may need to be adjusted. Personalized medicine can also help profile someone’s potential risk for contracting a disease like cancer or diabetes. But not everyone agrees with Topol. “Personalized medicine is a myth. It’s hyperbolic,” argued Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, vice provost for global initiatives and chairman of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.