Personalized Medicine

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A central Wisconsin clinic is seeking 40,000 people to take part in a landmark research project linking genetic science to human health.

The project by the Marshfield Medical Research Foundation is intended to speed up the day when personalized medicine is the norm. That's an individually tailored health care approach to detecting, preventing and treating disease based on a person's precise genetic profile.

Marshfield Clinic director Michael Caldwell says the participants can make an important contribution to health care for the future. He says some of the approaches could be revolutionary.

The discovery of the human genome has allowed researchers to start pinpointing the genetic factors that put people at risk for illness.

The clinic hopes to recruit the volunteers from its patient pool of about 80,000 patients. Adults in that pool will be contacted by letter.

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