How Your Genes Affect Your Reaction to Drugs

Your doctor prescribes a medication. If you have a high risk of negative side effects, do you ask for something else instead? If you know the drug won’t work well for you, do you request more options? These questions aren’t just hypothetical. They’re at the heart of pharmacogenomics. Pharmacogenomics is the study of how your … Read More

3 Ways Genetic Knowledge is Power

“Patients in waiting.” It’s a term we in the world of genetics hear from time to time. The idea is that for certain conditions where there is no cure — or where it may be years before a patient shows symptoms — genetic testing can cause anxiety without providing steps for care. I don’t believe … Read More

Salt and Sleep: A Personal Story of Food and Genes

People react differently to food — and it’s not just about what flavors you prefer. I’ve written before about the science of nutrigenomics, which deals with how certain foods affect individuals based on their genes. Take salt, for example. Some people are more sensitive to the negative effects of salt than others. I discovered this … Read More

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