Whole-Exome Sequencing: A Rational Approach for ‘Diagnostic Odyssey’ Patients

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A new clinical study from the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine shows that whole-exome sequencing (WES) could serve as a viable diagnostic approach for identifying rare inherited diseases and providing a resolution for patients on a diagnostic odyssey.  WES is a laboratory process that determines, all at once, the entire unique […]

Mayo Clinic Shares Lessons Learned from Genomics Clinic for Sequencing-based Cancer Care and Diagnostics

ROCHESTER, Minn. — It has been 1.5 years since Mayo Clinic opened the world’s first integrated multidisciplinary genomics service, the Individualized Medicine Clinic, which uses genomics and next-generation sequencing technologies to personalize treatments for patients with advanced cancer and complex diagnoses. In a special issue of the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C, “Implementation […]

Implications of Patient Genomic Sequencing at ACMG

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Researchers from the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine will present results of three different studies evaluating implications and feasibility of genome sequencing at the ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting this week in Nashville, Tenn. Presenters are available for interviews at the conference or remote interviews by telephone. To schedule an interview, […]

Liquid Biopsies Offer Hope for Earlier Treatment, Better Tracking of Ovarian Cancer

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine have found a promising new way to monitor and treat recurrence of ovarian cancer — a hard-to-detect disease that claims many lives. New research from George Vasmatzis, Ph.D., of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic, finds liquid biopsies from blood […]

Five Ways Individualized Medicine is Impacting Health Care

Rochester, Minn. — How is individualized medicine working? Let us count the ways. That’s just what Mayo Clinic Vice President Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., did this morning in his opening keynote at the 4th annual Individualizing Medicine Conference. The core of his talk highlighted five areas in which the knowledge and know-how from the human genome […]

Precision Medicine in Action: Genomic Test Helps Solve Medical Mystery

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Precision medicine is getting a jump-start from a new national initiative announced in President Obama’s State of the Union message. One Georgia family has already experienced its benefits: genomic testing called whole exome sequencing helped Mayo Clinic neurologist Zbigniew Wszolek, M.D., solve a medical mystery that had left a boy with painful, […]

Precision Medicine: Mayo Clinic Expert Describes Next Steps to Help More Patients

Rochester, Minn. – “Precision medicine” is becoming a national catchphrase after President Obama highlighted it in his State of the Union address. But what exactly is it? Richard Weinshilboum, M.D., acting director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, describes this new, rapidly advancing frontier in medicine and outlines 10 changes that would speed […]

Five Genomics Innovations from Mayo Clinic and the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine

Individualized medicine, also known as personalized medicine or precision medicine, means tailoring diagnosis and treatment to each patient to optimize care. Patients have experienced this kind of care for 150 years at Mayo Clinic, where teams of specialists have always worked together to find answers. Now, at a time when we can routinely sequence a whole […]

Mayo Clinic Launches Individualized Medicine Consulting Clinic

ROCHESTER, Minn. — You have a serious medical condition, but the conventional tests fail to find an answer. You still have no diagnosis and no effective treatment. What do you do? Mayo Clinic has always been a destination for patients seeking answers. Now, Mayo is taking that concept to the next level with the public […]

Sudden cardiac death of teen reminds physicians of promises, challenges of precision medicine

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The sudden death of a 13-year-old boy resulted in more than 20 relatives to be incorrectly diagnosed as having a potentially lethal heart rhythm condition. This erroneous diagnosis occurred as a result of inappropriate use of genetic testing and incorrect interpretation of genetic test results, according to Mayo Clinic research published in […]