Precision Medicine

Precision medicine is a new way to fight cancer. Scientists use a person’s unique genetic makeup to develop an individualized treatment plan to target cancer cells.

NGSS Performance Expectation: Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring.

NC Essential Science Standard: Biology — Understand the application of DNA technology.

Discussion Questions

  1. What does the phrase “n of one” mean?
  2. What makes this precision approach to medicine so unique?
  3. Contrast precision medicine with historical methods of treating cancer.

Additional Links

  1. National Institutes of Health: Precision Medicine Initiative
  2. Fact Sheet: President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative
  3. The Problem with Precision Medicine — The New Yorker


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