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Focal Point on Genomic Medicine in Thailand

In 2019, the Thai government launched the Genomics Thailand Initiative to sequence the genomes of 50,000 Thai people and build infrastructure to harness genomic information. Among the project’s aims is a better understanding of southeast Asia’s unique genomic complexity and advances in personalized diagnostics, drug selection and treatment in the fields of non-communicable diseases, cancer, infectious diseases and rare diseases. In parallel, a fast growing global and regional market for genomic medicine may also see the twisted double helix help form a ladder out of upper-middle-income status for Thailand.

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