Our changing understanding of health and disease calls for new guidelines and framework conditions; the decoding of the human genome in 2000 ushered in a new era in molecular biology. The life sciences have already worked their way through this revolution. For our public health care system, however, it still lies ahead, because new information in cell biology is transforming medicine, and consequently our health care systems.
Integrating new genome-based knowledge
Personalized medicine offers great opportunities for improving human health, believes Professor Angela Brand, Director of the European Center for Public Health Genomics. In her essay, the physician and public health specialist explains the impending paradigm shift: new genome-based knowledge will be more closely integrated into health care.