Pharmacogenomics looks at how a person’s DNA can influence their response to drugs or medications and what side effects are likely to occur in the individual’s body.
According to the Human Genome Project, 99.9% of the information in the estimated 20,000 human genes is identical from one person to the next. Small differences, however, remain in 0.1% of genes that are unique to each individual.
Usually, these differences have little impact, but they can influence an individual’s susceptibility to certain diseases, their reaction to various treatments and how they metabolize different medicines.
Pharmacogenomics: The Benefits
Understanding these individual differences makes possible:
Although the promise of pharmacogenomics appears great, technical limitations and ethical questions do remain.
Among the ethical concerns raises by individually targeted drug therapy is the requirement that all patients must undergo genetic testing.
The opportunities afforded personalized medicine by pharmacogenomics are expected to increase at a rapid pace much like those that have arisen from the use of genetic testing, more broadly.
Your Longeviti Health physician is ready to answer your questions about these medical breakthroughs and their potential to enhance your health and well being.
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