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Your Genome and the Future of Medicine

Documentary Highlights Promise of Personalized Medicine

June 10, 2010

What if your doctor could tell by reading your genetic code which cancer therapies were most likely to work for you, and which you should avoid, before you even try them? The question is no longer What if? but rather When?

In an upcoming documentary, physicians and scientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center describe these tantalizing prospects in this burgeoning field known as personalized medicine.

Among those interviewed are Dr. William Pao, who directs the Personalized Cancer Medicine Initiative at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center; Dr. Jeff Sosman, a melanoma expert leading a national trial of a new drug that is showing great results in patients with a specific “molecular fingerprint;” Dr. Jennifer Pietenpol, the Center’s director; and Dr. Steve Fesik, who is leading Cancer Drug Discovery at Vanderbilt.

The documentary will air in Lexington, Ky., and in Nashville, Tenn. See details below:

Join us on WLEX Channel 18 in Lexington, KY

  • Thursday, June 10 from 8:00 — 8:30 p.m.
    Sunday, June 13 from 7:30 — 8:00 a.m.
    Tuesday, June 15 from 7:00 — 7:30 p.m.

Join us on WTVF Channel 5 in Nashville

  • Thursday, June 17 from 7:00 — 7:30 p.m.


  1. I am looking forward to this documentary. My startup ( takes a slightly different approach to personalized medicine and diagnosis but we have the same goals: right therapy for the right patient.

    Comment by Ian — June 11, 2010 @ 4:58 am

  2. We’ll also have the piece available on YouTube and will share the link when it’s available. Thanks for your interest.

    Comment by Cynthia Manley — June 11, 2010 @ 6:45 am

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