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Understanding Biotechnology by David E. Bowen, Fabrício R. Santos, Aluízio Borém

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Chapter 8. Pharmacogenomics

Pharmacogenomics
  • Pharmaceuticals and Side Effects

  • Pharmaceuticals and Genomes

  • Hope for Cures

An old question that has long puzzled medical researchers is the variety of responses to pharmaceuticals by different people. The human genome project has helped to launch the new science of pharmacogenomics, which studies the association between an individual's genetic constitution and his or her response to medicines. Pharmacogenomics appeared from the observation that some drugs work well in certain people, but not in others. The study of the genetic basis of the differential response to therapies in different patients is allowing for the development ...

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