Traditionally, the pathway to translate medical research into clinical care has been linear – discoveries are made in research that inform development of a new drug or diagnostic test, which is then approved for use in the clinic after many phases of clinical trials.
Genomics research disrupts this pathway and blurs research and clinical boundaries. Currently, candidates for genomic research are being identified in the clinic, and their genomic data -- which is generated as part of research -- is then being used to inform their clinical care.
Genetic tests can also play a crucial role in identifying the participants to include in research cohorts, meaning that genomic information plays a role at all stages of the translational research pathway – not just the late stages.
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