Personalized Medicine: Whole Genome Sequencing

On Display Inside the Todd Wehr Library

Dec. 20, 2013 - Within the last decade, whole genome sequencing has become a readily available technique for determining the complete sequence of an individual’s DNA. The Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Human and Molecular Genetics Center recently became the first in the world to offer complete whole genome sequencing, from patient consent through the return of clinical results, to patients worldwide. Whole genome sequencing reveals the genetic blueprint for a person, generating information on every gene in the nucleus of one’s cells. The ability to link variations in DNA with health and disease outcomes holds promise for considerable public benefit. These benefits have the potential to change the way we treat cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and countless other illnesses.

Whole genome sequencing is currently featured in the Todd Wehr Library's internal display case. Take a look and learn more about this fascinating topic! All books featured in the display are available for check out, and our reference librarians can help you find additional resources on the topics of personalized medicine and whole genome sequencing. Contact the MCW Libraries at (414) 955-8302 or

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