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The terms pharmacogenomics and pharmacogenetics are often used interchangeably to describe a field of research focused on how genes affect individual responses to medicines. Whether a medicine works well for you—or whether it causes serious side effects—depends, to a certain extent, on your genes.

Just as genes contribute to whether you will be tall or short, black-haired or blond, your genes also determine how you will respond to medicines. Genes are like recipes—they carry instructions for making protein molecules. As medicines travel through your body, they interact with thousands of proteins. Small differences in the composition or quantities of these molecules can affect how medicines do their jobs.

These differences can be due to diet, level of activity, or the medicines a person takes, but they can also be due to differences in genes. By understanding the genetic basis of drug responses, scientists hope to enable doctors to prescribe the drugs and doses best suited for each individual.
microRNA 451 enhances treatment response in stomach cancer patients: Research

microRNA 451 enhances treatment response in stomach cancer patients: Research

SAEC collaborates with Newcastle University for drug induced liver injury research

SAEC collaborates with Newcastle University for drug induced liver injury research

Research into role of genetic variation in drug-induced hypersensitivity reactions

Research into role of genetic variation in drug-induced hypersensitivity reactions

NIH announces $161.3 million for expansion of Pharmacogenomics Research Network

NIH announces $161.3 million for expansion of Pharmacogenomics Research Network

Scientists gather to present research findings at ASHG 2010 Meeting

Scientists gather to present research findings at ASHG 2010 Meeting

Penn receives $12M NIH grant to study pharmacogenetics of nicotine addiction treatment

Penn receives $12M NIH grant to study pharmacogenetics of nicotine addiction treatment

UCSF scientists to receive two grants for personalized medicine research

UCSF scientists to receive two grants for personalized medicine research

First complete sample-to-result, point-of-care DNA testing system for personalized medicine

First complete sample-to-result, point-of-care DNA testing system for personalized medicine

AssureRx Health achieves CAP accreditation for laboratory pharmacogenetic testing services

AssureRx Health achieves CAP accreditation for laboratory pharmacogenetic testing services

New insights into development and applications of pharmacogenomics in psychiatry

New insights into development and applications of pharmacogenomics in psychiatry

QPS acquires Xendo Drug Development

QPS acquires Xendo Drug Development

Dr Payne to receive RPS conference practice research award

Dr Payne to receive RPS conference practice research award

PGXL announces new contractual agreement with GH

PGXL announces new contractual agreement with GH

Pathway Genomics personal genetic testing kits to be sold at Walgreens

Pathway Genomics personal genetic testing kits to be sold at Walgreens

Nanosphere reports $0.8 million revenue for first-quarter 2010

Nanosphere reports $0.8 million revenue for first-quarter 2010

Decisive impact of informatics on nanomedicine

Decisive impact of informatics on nanomedicine

Researchers use healthy person's complete genome sequence to predict risk for dozens of diseases

Researchers use healthy person's complete genome sequence to predict risk for dozens of diseases

Consortium studies gene-drug relationship to determine optimal warfarin doses

Consortium studies gene-drug relationship to determine optimal warfarin doses

Pathway Genomics Genetic Health Report helps make more informed health and lifestyle decisions

Pathway Genomics Genetic Health Report helps make more informed health and lifestyle decisions

PAREXEL genotypes over 10,000 potential study participants to identify 400 CYP2D6 poor metabolizers

PAREXEL genotypes over 10,000 potential study participants to identify 400 CYP2D6 poor metabolizers