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From personalized to public health genomics

Greg Gibson1* and Peter M Visscher2

Author Affiliations

1 School of Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA

2 Queensland Brain Institute and University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, Brisbane 4072, Australia

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Genome Medicine 2013, 5:60  doi:10.1186/gm464

Published: 19 July 2013

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

It is a sign of the times that most of the buzz around genomic medicine has more to do with personalized medicine than public health [1]. This is perhaps consistent with the prevailing economic sentiment in developed countries that benefits accruing to the few gradually transfer to the majority. Healthy societies also take steps to ensure that there is equitable distribution of wealth, which should be construed to include much more than financial wellbeing. We can thus ask to what extent genomics can be used to improve the prospects of as many people as possible.