As reported by MIT Tech Review ... An interview with P4 (Predictive, Personalized, Preventative, Participatory) pioneer, Dr Leroy Hood of the Institute for Systems Biology on the future of personalized medicine ...
Leroy Hood, founder of the Institute for Systems Biology, in Seattle, has a vision of the future of medicine that he calls the “P4” approach. Credit: Institute for Systems Biology
... Leroy Hood has been at the center of a number of paradigm shifts in
biology. He helped to invent the first automated DNA sequencing machine in the 1980s, along with several other technologies that have changed the face of molecular biology. And in 2000, he founded the Institute for Systems Biology
, a multidisciplinary institute in Seattle dedicated to examining the interactions between biological information at many different levels, and to moving forward a new perspective for studying biology. The next revolution he plans to help shape is in medicine, using new technologies and new knowledge in biology and informatics to make its practice more predictive, preventative and personal..
... Hood contends that digitizing medical records--the health-care
industry's major push at the moment--is just one small part of the informatics overhaul the field needs to undergo. And pharmacogenomics--the practice of using an individual's genetic makeup to choose drugs --provides only a limited example of the potential power of personalized medicine..
Read on at: http://www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/24703/?nlid=2802