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A British bioethicist believes that healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry will be shaped by pharmacogentics in the future. Today, many doctors use trial and error to determine the best medication for a person whereas researchers are discovering that they may be able to use genes to determine which drug is optimal for each patient. This has ramifications for drug companies in that some drugs which would never make it to the market because of side effects may be used for some patients whose genes indicate that they are immune to the side effects.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Red Nova
About: Genes may revolutionize medication regimes
Date: 4 November 2004
Source: Red Nova
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