Coming of Age of Personalized Medicine: Challenges Ahead

- Genome Medicine
Author/s: -Borry, Pascal
Journal: Genome Medicine
Year: 2009
Volume: 1
Pages: 109
Start Page: 109

A report on the 5th International DNA Sampling Conference ‘The age of personal genomics’, Banff, Canada, 16-18 September 2009

This 3-day conference brought together scholars involved in the ethical, legal and social controversies around the rapidly developing field of personalized genomics. More than 100 leading international experts in law, ethics, communications studies, genomic medicine and research came together for in-depth discussion on key issues, such as research ethics and governance challenges, the integration of personalized genomics into healthcare, media and popular representation of personal genomics, commercialization of personalized genomics and the regulation of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing. Here, I focus on a few topics that were discussed during the conference and that will continue to raise debate in the field of personalized genomics.