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Disease blueprints

New service helps patients explore genetic code for clues to ailments and treatments

A new Stanford service enables patients to look within themselves — all the way down to their genomes — to help determine underlying reasons for certain medical conditions.

Adobe Stock Images photo by Leigh Prather

The idea is to parse a person’s complete genetic code to identify possible roots of disease, and even tailor treatments to the individual.

The service, led by Euan Ashley, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, of genetics and of biomedical data science, is available for Stanford Health Care patients with inherited cardiology disease.

It is among the first of its kind to be offered by a hospital. Ashley plans to expand it into other specialties, such as cancer care.

Hanae Armitage is a science writer in the Office of Communications. Email her at harmitag@stanford.edu.

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