Studying 1 million people to end cookie cutter health care

By , on September 25, 2017


A pilot is under way now. If all goes well, the National Institutes of Health plans to open enrolment early next year. (Google maps)
A pilot is under way now. If all goes well, the National Institutes of Health plans to open enrolment early next year. (Google maps)

WASHINGTON— U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments, and lifestyles interact.

Today, health care is based on averages, what worked best in short studies of a few hundred or thousand patients. The massive “All of Us” project instead will push what’s called precision medicine, using traits that make us unique to forecast health and treat disease.

The goal is to end cookie-cutter health care.

A pilot is underway now. If all goes well, the National Institutes of Health plans to open enrollment early next year.

Participants will get DNA tests, and report on their diet, sleep, exercise and numerous other health-affecting factors. It’s a commitment: The study aims to run for at least 10 years.

This story is part of Genetic Frontiers, AP’s ongoing exploration of the rapidly growing understanding of DNA and new attempts to manipulate it.