USC hosts speaker on genes, medical treatment

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina is hosting a speaker discussing the potential use of genetic information for tailoring medical care.

The College of Arts and Sciences is sponsoring Wednesday's talk by Dr. Daniel Rader from the medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. His talk is entitled: "Genomic Medicine: Its Time Has Arrived" and is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the school of medicine.

Rader is discussing the applications for decoding patients' genes and how it may transform medical practice through a shift from treatment of disease to health maintenance.

The term "genomic medicine" refers to using an individual's genetic information to help determine their clinical care.

The talk is free and open to the public.

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