The completion of the Human Genome Project has been heralded as the beginning of a new golden age of medicine. Variation in the genetic code plays a central role in the differences we observe between individuals, including differences in ability, behavior and disease susceptibility. We now have the technology to determine the personal genome for any individual, and this information will soon become part of regular medical practice. How can knowledge of an individual's DNA sequence be used in a way to help individuals and society, but cause no harm? This article provides some background on the current and potential use of new genetic technologies to help in this important discussion.
- DNA sequencing
- personalized medicine