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Four predictions on the future of personalised medicine

November 18, 2019 / LAURA TOWART

For as long as there have been people, there have been illness and disease to hobble them. From cancer to the common cold, these nemeses of the human condition aren’t just going to disappear overnight. But medical researchers are still making major headway in how we diagnose and treat different ailments. We might not be able to cure everything, but we can certainly mitigate and control medical conditions far better than ever before. One of the tools helping us get there is personalised medicine. Personalised medicine grants patients access to a course of treatment that accounts for all the unique characteristics that make them who they are. It goes beyond surface-level traits like age, gender, and medical history — it gets into your genetic makeup. By harvesting (and harnessing) data at this level, personalised medicine lets healthcare teams treat a patient as the individual that he or she is. They get to design an intervention specifically in line with the patient’s needs.