Frontiers in Public Health, by N. Djordevic et al
Editorial on the research topic
Translation of Genomic Results Into Public Health Practice
First genetic theories of inter-individual variability in disease susceptibility and therapy response date back to more than a century. Since then, genomic knowledge, accumulated and consolidated through the years of studies, paved the way for the new era of healthcare, where the interest is shifted from an “average patient”-oriented general approach to the precision medicine, i.e., diagnostics and treatment tailored for an actual individual. Society, on the other hand, still remains the main concern of public health, long ago defined as “the art and science of promoting health and preventing disease” at the community level. Nowadays, when the two fields converge at the common aim of achieving a healthier population, the genomic information offers the opportunity of proactive rather than reactive approach in reaching the goals of modern medicine. Read more.