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Montreal Gazette - Genetic profiling: Waiting for the future of medicine

Published: 10 Oct 2011

It has been nearly a decade since the Human Genome Project deciphered the code that defines us, promising cures for present and future ailments. There was a general idea that once the genome was cracked, the mystery of life would be solved – that with access to our own genetic code, science would be able to provide us with medical repairs and point us to lifestyle choices to overcome “bad genes.”

It has been nearly a decade since the Human Genome Project deciphered the code that defines us, promising cures for present and future ailments. There was a general idea that once the genome was cracked, the mystery of life would be solved – that with access to our own genetic code, science would be able to provide us with medical repairs and point us to lifestyle choices to overcome “bad genes.” With a conference on human genetics coming to Montreal’s Palais des congrès this week, and as global investments in research reach $3 billion a year, fuelling inflated expectations, some are wondering: What has happened to the promise of genomics?

Genomic researchers may have oversold what they can deliver, driven in part by government needs to justify funding, said lawyer Yann Joly, a lecturer at McGill University’s faculty of medicine, department of human genetics and a researcher at Université de Montréal.

The 12th International Congress of Human Genetics / 61st annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics will be held at the Palais des congrès from Monday, Oct. 10 to Saturday, Oct. 15th

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