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LISTEN: Wylie Burke on genomics, precision medicine, and healthcare policy

Genomics is not simple. And no, we're not suggesting that is just a problem for Barbie. Understanding the science, the clinical application, and the societal implication of the new science of genomics is indeed hard. Human genetics is a key part of the hope and promise of personalized medicine but it remains a work in progress that has not lived up to the expectations society has pinned to the science.

Genome Alberta has funded a special project that focuses on how personalized (or precision) medicine can or should be incorporated into the health care system.

The PACEOMICS (Personalized, Accessible, Cost-Effective Applications of 'Omics technolgies) project held a mini-symposium in June that featured 3 experts to talk about genomics and personalized medicine, the implications for health policy, and the barriers to adoption.

The event was live streamed and the recorded version of the presentation is available. We also have some interviews with the speakers for you, starting with Wylie Burke.

Dr. Burke, is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington, Adjunct Professor of Medicine, and Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She is well known for her work on the ethical and policy implications of genetic information in research in health care and she isn't afraid to voice her opinions.

Freelance broadcaster Don Hill caught up with Dr. Burke at the event and prepared this podcast for us. We will post the other podcast pieces over the coming weeks.

LISTEN: Wylie Burke on genomics, precision medicine, and healthcare policy

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