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The Hastings Center Report table of contents for September-October 2010


Title: The Prospects for Personalized Medicine
Author: Shara Yurkiewicz
Summary: Ten years after the release of a working draft of the human genome, major changes have made their way into medical practice, the marketplace, research, and policy.
Title: Personalized Medicine's Ragged Edge
Author: Leonard M. Fleck
Summary: The phrase "personalized medicine" has a built-in positive spin. But little attention has been given to some challenging issues of justice it raises. Some people will clearly benefit a lot, some people will clearly not benefit at all, and many people will benefit somewhat.

Title: Personalized Cancer Care in an Age of Anxiety
Testing provides a few crystal balls.
Author: Susan Gilbert
Summary: To get an idea of how personalized medicine could reshape patient care in the years ahead, one need only look at how it is beginning to reshape the care of patients with cancer, where it has gained its firmest foothold.

Title: A Patient's Experience
When personalized medicine means less medicine.
Author: Marian Fontana
Summary: All cancer survivors know where they were when they were told they had cancer. I was forty-three years old, exercised five days a week, and ate organic vegetables. How could I have cancer? A tickertape of questions scrolled across my mind.

Title: Wanted: Human Biospecimens
Traditional informed consent doesn't fit this research.
Author: Karen J. Maschke
Summary: Collecting and using tissue, blood, urine, and other human biospecimens for various types of research is not new. But for personalized medicine to realize its potential, researchers will need thousands more of these samples for genetic studieswhich raises a host of ethical questions, some of them new to human subjects research.

Title: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests and the Right to Know
Author: Ronni Sandroff
Summary: Dealing with

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