Wanted: 1 Million People to Study Genes, Habits and Health
By Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a quest to end cookie-cutter health care, U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments and lifestyles interact — and to finally customize ways to prevent and treat disease.
Why does one sibling get sick but not another? Why does a drug cure one patient but only cause nasty side effects in the next?
Finding out is a tall order. Today, diseases typically are treated based on what worked best in short studies of a few hundred or thousand patients.
"We depend on the average, the one-size-fits-all approach because it's the best we've got," said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health…