Sunday, April 08, 2007

Study probes genetic link to drug reactions

From the Vancouver Sun:
A B.C.-led study into tailoring drug therapy for individual patients based on their genetic makeup is the only research of its kind in the world.

The study will identify the genetic makeup and variations in children who suffer adverse reactions to medications.

Researchers will then turn their attention to developing tests, called predictive biomarkers, that would be given to pediatric and adult patients before they take drugs so that those susceptible to such reactions would either be given different agents or the indicated drugs, in smaller or larger doses. ...more

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