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James Burmester

Burmester’s work at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation in Marshfield, Wis., shows the intriguing ways biotechnology is intersecting with medical care. As a senior research scientist at Marshfield’s Center for Human Genetics, Burmester studies how genes and drugs interact, searching for genes that can help doctors fine-tune drug dosages given to patients. Right now, for instance, he’s studying what genes affect the activity of Warfarin, a widely used, but tricky, blood-thinning drug. This emerging field, known as personalized medicine, offers the promise of medical therapies tailored to each patient’s unique genetic profile.