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The Present and Pharmacogenetics

“Doctors are starting to use pharmacogenomic information to prescribe drugs, but such tests are routine for only a few health problems.” But, with the help of various other facets  in which pharmacogenomics is useful, pharmacogenomics will be our future. The better question is how pharmacogenomic information is being used today.

Given the field’s propensity of high growth, it is expected that pharmacogenetics will lead  to better ways of utilizing the drugs prescribed to you to manage diseases like heart disease, asthma, depression, and even cancer.

The most prominent use “involves people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Before prescribing the antiviral drug abacavir (Ziagen), doctors now routinely test HIV-infected patients for a genetic variant that makes them more likely to have a bad reaction to the drug” as mentioned by the National Human Genome Research Institute.

In the face of the future, personalisation is key. There are currently many studies going about, especially in England, regarding how genomic information could be used to create more personalized and cheap drugs that still greatly improve health. Cancer is also a really big area of research. Many believe that the cure of cancer is in the study of pharmacogenomics. What  do  you think?




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