UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Magazine Fall 2016 - Page 34

inside view A Look Back In 2003, scientists announced the completion of the human genome sequence, nature’s own genetic blueprint for building a human being. This milestone in modern research has had a dramatic impact in the research and treatment of cancer. WHAT WE SAID THEN… “Over a period of time we will have tools that will enable us to better understand the genetic contribution to both rare and common disease. This will lead to improved methods of diagnosis, the ability to institute prevention in some cases and the development of better treatments.” BRUCE KORF, M.D., PH.D., Chair of the UAB Department of Genetics, in an interview with UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Magazine, 2003 WHAT WE SAY NOW… “Genomics – the science behind our understanding of the human genome – has allowed us to modify and expand the way we treat cancer. We are still making progress, but we are now able to look at a person’s individual genes and determine how they will respond to certain treatments. Understanding this enables us to offer our patients truly ‘personalized medicine.’” EDWARD PARTRIDGE, M.D., UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Director, September 2016 32 U A B C O M P R E H E N S I V E C A N C E R C E N T E R