Ethics and privacy considerations for systems biology applications in predictive and personalized medicine



  • Integrative analysis and modeling of the omics data using systems biology have led to growing interests in the development of predictive and personalized medicine. Personalized medicine enables future physicians to prescribe the right drug to the right patient at the right dosage, by helping them link each patient's genotype to their specific disease conditions. This chapter shares technological, ethical, and social perspectives on emerging personalized medicine applications. First, it examines the history and research trends of pharmacogenomics, systems biology, and personalized medicine. Next, it presents bioethical concerns that arise from dealing with the increasing accumulation of biological samples in many biobanking projects today. Lastly, the chapter describes growing concerns over patient privacy when large amount of individuals' genetic data and clinical data are managed electronically and accessible online.
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    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    International Standard Book Number (isbn) 10

  • 1466636041
  • International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13

  • 9781466636040
  • Start Page

  • 1378
  • End Page

  • 1404
  • Volume

  • 3