On Wednesday, June 24 KVIE public television will air “A Path to Healing: Genomics and Disease Prevention,” examining how California doctors and patients are using the new science of genomics and DNA sequencing to treat cancer, muscular dystrophy and other diseases. It airs at 7 p.m. on KVIE channel 6.
The documentary features a number of experts from UC Davis including Ralph deVere White, director UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Richard Michelmore, director of the UC Davis Genome Center, as well as the stories of patients offered hope by new treatments.
One patient, Gale Kilgore, shared her story with the Sacramento Bee this weekend. Kilgore is being treated at UC Davis for bladder cancer. In a new twist, mice grafted with pieces of Kilgore’s tumor are being used to test which treatment combinations will work best on her personal cancer.
Earlier this year, President Obama announced the Precision Medicine Initiative, directing investments in research on medicine tailored to an individual patient’s genetic makeup.
In addition to the Genome Center on the UC Davis campus, UC Davis has also partnered with BGI, the world’s largest genomics organization, to establish the BGI@UC Davis facility on the Sacramento campus.
Video preview: A Path to Healing
UC Davis Magazine feature: Enter the genomics matrix