Precision Public Health: Harnessing the Power of the Human Microbiome

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The discovery of antibiotics by Sir Alexander Fleming in 1928 revolutionized medicine. However, antibiotics cannot differentiate between the beneficial bacteria that help keep us healthy and the pathogens that make us sick. Like a wildfire, antibiotics wipe out all bacteria. Consequently, we have been altering our microbiomes for almost a century, putting ourselves at risk Read More >

Posted on by Alison Laufer Halpin, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)5 CommentsTags

Are there any shortcuts on the translation highway to genomic medicine?

a long curved road with a curve caution sign and the road is paved with ATCG

Note to our readers: A modified version of this blog post has been published in JAMA. Rapid advances in genomics have led to a new era of precision medicine, resulting in a dramatic increase in the number of genomic tests available for research and clinical practice. As of April 18, 2017, the Genetic Testing Registry, Read More >

Posted on by Muin J Khoury, Director, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention1 Comment