The next steps for genomic medicine: challenges and opportunities for the developing world

Nat Rev Genet. 2008 Oct;9 Suppl 1:S23-7. doi: 10.1038/nrg2444.


This is a historical moment on the path to genomic medicine - the point at which theory is about to be translated into practice. We have previously described human genome variation studies taking place in Mexico, India, Thailand, and South Africa. Such investments into science and technology will enable these countries to embark on the path to the medical and health applications of genomics, and to benefit economically. Here we provide a perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing these and other countries in the developing world as they begin to harness genomics for the benefit of their populations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care*
  • Developing Countries*
  • Genomics*
  • Humans
  • Pharmacogenetics