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Use of Racial/Ethnic Identity in Medical Evaluations and Treatments

Award Year: 2005 Investigator: Richard Cooper, Jay Kaufman
Views about the importance of race in clinical medicine have come full circle in the past five years as the field of "pharmacogenomics" has ushered in the promise of medical treatments tailored to a patient's particular genetics. Jay S. Kaufman, Ph.D. and Richard S. Cooper, M.D. examine the re-emergence of race as a surrogate for genetic factors that can determine risk of disease, prognosis, and response to treatment.