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Diagnostics Oncology, Cytology, Biochemistry and molecular biology

More Precise Precision Medicine

Precision medicine for cancer treatment sounds promising – sample the tumor, analyze the genome for cancer-related mutations, and then select treatment according to the genetic profile of the disease. And although the procedures involved may be complex, the concept itself is relatively simple – or is it?

In an opinion piece in Trends in Cancer, Syn Kok Yeo and Jun-Lin Guan argue that the current approach to breast cancer isn’t good enough (1). Breast cancer tumors often exhibit a high degree of intratumoral heterogeneity – and so, they say, diagnostic professionals should be using single-cell technologies to truly personalize treatment.

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Michael Schubert

While obtaining degrees in biology from the University of Alberta and biochemistry from Penn State College of Medicine, I worked as a freelance science and medical writer. I was able to hone my skills in research, presentation and scientific writing by assembling grants and journal articles, speaking at international conferences, and consulting on topics ranging from medical education to comic book science. As much as I’ve enjoyed designing new bacteria and plausible superheroes, though, I’m more pleased than ever to be at Texere, using my writing and editing skills to create great content for a professional audience.

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