Pharmacogenomics on its way toward clinic

June 14, 2010

By hammersmith

[Source: GEN] – With ongoing advances in genomic technologies, clinicians are eager to move personalized medicine from the realm of theory to practice. Investigating whether the technology is mature enough, and if so, how to implement it, has become a hot topic of discussion in the field of personalized medicine.

Thus far, some of the most clinic-ready technology exists in the field of pharmacogenomics, where genes have been linked to drug efficacy, toxicity, and dosing. In addition to practical considerations regarding science and patient care, scientists are now tackling the thorny issues of policy and ethics.

The “Personalized Medicine in the Clinic” meeting held recently at Arizona State University in Phoenix featured dual tracks for discussing both the science and policy implications of the latest pharmacogenomic advances.

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