"I think this is the most exciting time in the history of medicine… this whole area is blossoming, exploding with innovation." Eric Topol, The Scripps Research Institute
Personalized medicine is increasingly employed in clinical practice as genes associated with specific diseases are discovered and targeted therapies are developed. As part of the BMC Medicine special series on personalized medicine, we spoke to experts in oncology, diabetes and stroke, about where personalized medicine stands in their fields and their visions for the future.
During embryonic development in vertebrates, annelids and arthropods, segmentation occurs to help map out the body plan. Research in BMC Biology explores this vital process in the arthropod Strigamia maritima.
Mick Watson comments on the success of technology provider, Illumina, which recently announced a sequencing platform capable of delivering a $1,000 human genome. Watson considers what the future may hold in this fast-moving area of biotechnology.