EP20 Genomic Medicine as Future Cure
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"First on air 17 July 2021"

Genomic medicine is a new revolutionary medical trend, which – according to researchers - is going to fundamentally change the ways conventional medicine diagnoses and treats patients. It is an emerging medical discipline that involves using genomic information of an individual person as part of their clinical care, which includes diagnosing the sickness and selecting choices of medical treatment. As each individual person has his own unique genes and genetic traits, these traits are closely linked with the state of our health. This medical technology is also being applied to treat rare diseases. Currently, there are over 6,000 known rare diseases, and 8 in 10 of these rare diseases are linked to a genetic cause. The serious disease that led to gradual paralyzing of the entire body that Stephen Hawking, the renowned theoretical physicist, suffered and died of later is one prominent example of rare genetic diseases. The disease is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, or commonly referred to in the United States as Lou Gehrig's disease. In this episode, Prof.Dr.Vorasuk Shotelersuk, head of the Molecular Genetics in Medicine Research Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, explains what genomic medicine is and its application to treat rare genetic diseases.