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Genomics and Population Health: A Social Epidemiology Perspective

Genomics and Population Health: A Social Epidemiology Perspective
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Author(s): Chan Chee Khoon (Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 9
Source title: Genomics and Bioethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Technologies and Advancements
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Soraj Hongladarom (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-883-4.ch002

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Abstract

Imagine being able to find out how a drug will affect you before you take it... receiving a medication that is specifically tailored to treat your disease, while minimizing your risk of developing adverse effects. Although a personā€˜s environment, diet, and general state of health can all influence how he or she responds to medicines, another important factor is genes. Pharmacogenetics is the study of how your genes affect the way your body responds to a medicine. Pharmacogenetics helps to determine what the right medicine is for you, based on your own genes.1 The Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics Knowledge Base http://www.pharmgkb.org/resources/education/phar-genetics.jsp.

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