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Mind the gap: Genetic knowledge and medical power

10:03am, April 22, 2011

Since the completion of the Human Genome Project a decade ago, much excitement has swirled around the possibility that determining a person’s genetic makeup could help doctors personalize the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. But James P. Evans, a physician and geneticist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says the promises of genomic medicine have been overblown. He talked with Science News molecular biology writer Tina Hesman Saey about the hope and hype.

Will knowing a person’s genetic makeup make health care better?
There’s lots of excitement about the use of genetic

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