The new kind of clinical trial: It's personal
In recent years, various new types of diagnostics, trial designs and therapies have been developed that take patient individuality into account and have begun to yield some astonishing results. The drug ivacaftor, for example, was designed to treat a particular genetic variation of cystic fibrosis, oncologists now routinely use tumor genetics as a basis for cancer treatment regimes, and regenerative medicine is producing patient-specific implants for body parts ranging from windpipes to bladders.
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