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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.
STRATEC Molecular offers new products to improve liquid biopsy

STRATEC Molecular offers new products to improve liquid biopsy

Mayo study provides vital information on tumor sequencing in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients

Mayo study provides vital information on tumor sequencing in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients

Genetic testing at UMMC helps doctors identify effective medication for heart stent patients

Genetic testing at UMMC helps doctors identify effective medication for heart stent patients

Hamilton Storage launches new SAM HD for reliable, automated sample management in labs

Hamilton Storage launches new SAM HD for reliable, automated sample management in labs

Mayo Clinic recommends four ways physicians can use individualized medicine to treat patients

Mayo Clinic recommends four ways physicians can use individualized medicine to treat patients

Advances in human genotyping arrays: an interview with Rob Brainin

Advances in human genotyping arrays: an interview with Rob Brainin

New research could lead to improved treatment for depression

New research could lead to improved treatment for depression

New study to examine genomics of anti-platelet therapy after coronary interventions

New study to examine genomics of anti-platelet therapy after coronary interventions

Molecular diagnostics of the future: an interview with Elaine Warburton, OBE

Molecular diagnostics of the future: an interview with Elaine Warburton, OBE

Illumina signs initial customer deals for new Global Screening Array

Illumina signs initial customer deals for new Global Screening Array

Tackling healthcare challenges in a changing world: an interview with Professor Jeremy Nicholson

Tackling healthcare challenges in a changing world: an interview with Professor Jeremy Nicholson

Certain genetic markers linked with depression can also predict who may benefit from exercise

Certain genetic markers linked with depression can also predict who may benefit from exercise

Biomarkers may provide novel approaches to monitoring immunosuppressive therapy in organ transplant patients

Biomarkers may provide novel approaches to monitoring immunosuppressive therapy in organ transplant patients

Complex biomarker tests for molecularly targeted therapies lack evidentiary standards

Complex biomarker tests for molecularly targeted therapies lack evidentiary standards

Vanderbilt to lead Direct Volunteers Pilot Studies under Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program

Vanderbilt to lead Direct Volunteers Pilot Studies under Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program

Research findings identify potential genetics-guided precision medicine for leukemia patients

Research findings identify potential genetics-guided precision medicine for leukemia patients

UPMC uses simple gene test to personalize medications for patients undergoing heart catheterization

UPMC uses simple gene test to personalize medications for patients undergoing heart catheterization

Temple team describes use of cadaver DNA to advance genetics learning in medical curriculum

Temple team describes use of cadaver DNA to advance genetics learning in medical curriculum

Study findings question validity of some genetic variations linked with cardiac disorders

Study findings question validity of some genetic variations linked with cardiac disorders

Latitude, summer daylight exposure make difference in results for children treated with growth hormone

Latitude, summer daylight exposure make difference in results for children treated with growth hormone