Dartmouth Hitchcock responds favorably to President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative
In Tuesday's State Of The Union Address, President Obama proposed boosting research funding for precision medicine.
The initiative aims to use personalized genetic information to help treat diseases. The president even saying he wants to use it to come closer to curing things like cancer and diabetes.
The research the president is calling for could help doctors to better tailor treatments to a patient's genetic profile.
It's something Dartmouth Hitchcock is already doing with a selective number of severe diseases.
The head of Dartmouth's Center for Genomic Medicine Dr. Chris Amos said, "At the moment that's sort of the minority of people that benefit. What we would like to do is move this into an arena where we can treat very effectively individuals with diseases like cancer and with less burden to them, rather then the heavy burden of chemotherapy."
Dr. Amos said the current cost of genetic screening varies. Screening for some cancers can be as low as $300. A whole genome sequencing can cost up to about $7,000.