In a bid to shift the emphasis of medicine from treatment to prevention, genome mapping could become mandatory within the next 25 years.
The precision medicine strategy will one day become standard practice in health care, covering not only genomics but other omics such as metabolomics, microbiomics, proteomics and transcriptomics as well as epigenetics, gene editing and targeted therapies specific to an individual.
Precision medicine has already seen advances, with some clinicians using specific drugs to fight certain mutations of cancer cells. Genome mapping will make this process easier and more precise, allowing for more targeted treatment.
Meanwhile, the Australian Genomics Health Alliance has announced a new study that will provide genomic test results for around 250 babies and children in intensive care units over the next two years. The study will provide genomic test results in as little as five days, providing quick information on diagnosis and clinical care.