11 September 2013
Vol 5, Issue 202

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ONLINE COVER Dissecting DNA. Today, physicians typically operate through a clamped slit in a blue surgical cloth. But in the era of molecular medicine, dissection of a patient’s genome (shown as a blue and purple DNA ladder) is becoming an integral part of medical practice. In this week’s Free Editorial, Eric J. Topol argues that today’s medical schools must mandate that students learn to wield a new kind of forceps—computational genomics technologies—by tweezing apart their own genomic data. Only then will future physicians be capable of rendering routine genomic medicine. [CREDIT: C. BICKEL/SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE]