Melbourne: Doctors have put forward plans to sequence the full genetic code of thousands of people in a landmark project to personalise their medical care.Volunteers will have all 6 billion letters of their genome read, stored and linked to their medical records to help doctors prescribe more effective drugs and other therapies, a newspaper reported. The Mayo Clinic in the US will launch the pilot study early next year as part of an ambitious move that puts modern genetics at the centre of patient care.The trial reflects a trend in medicine to use genetic information to identify patients who will benefit most from a drug and those who will respond better to an alternative. Medical professionals from Australia are watching the developments with interest. “Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council is fully aware of these international developments, and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing is following the developments with interest,” a Health Department spokeswoman said.
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