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Genomic Medicine

What is Genomic Medicine?

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Credit: Darryl Leja, NHGRI.

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) defines genomic medicine as "an emerging medical discipline that involves using genomic information about an individual as part of their clinical care (e.g., for diagnostic or therapeutic decision-making) and the health outcomes and policy implications of that clinical use."

What is a Genome?

"A genome is an organism’s complete set of DNA, including all of its genes. Each genome contains all of the information needed to build and maintain that organism. In humans, a copy of the entire genome—more than 3 billion DNA base pairs—is contained in all cells that have a nucleus." (Source: Genetics Home Reference