2020 Vision: Predictions of What May Shape Precision Medicine

CHRIS ANDERSON | November 15, 2019 | 81 views

As 2020 approaches, it is fair to say that significant—and perhaps surprising—advances will be made in the precision medicine and omics arenas, as there were in 2019. While we don’t know for sure what lies ahead for 2020, six industry leaders have shared with Clinical OMICs and now you, our readers, their vision for what may lie ahead in the coming year and their implications. Last year, the predictions leaned heavily on advances on data handling, ownership, and privacy protection. This year, there are no common themes, with predictions touching on advances in cancer diagnostics, liquid biopsy, rare disease diagnosis, and single-cell analysis, among others.

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