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June Pelo
15-11-05, 02:04
Many people have drug reactions because medications are not being properly processed. DNA plays a major role in determining what works for each individual. Pharmacognetics is a new science that is migrating from the researcher's lab to the doctor's office. It looks at how genetic mutations, called variants, can predict how well an individual patient will process prescribed medications.

There is a DNA Drug Reaction Test called Signature Genetics that can help physicians customize drug prescriptions based on an individual patient's genetic makeup. It also identifies drug combinations that can cause potentially harmful interactions. It helps physicians determine if patients metabolize certain drugs too slowly, too quickly, or just right. This type of sophisticated DNAtesting will drastically change the "One size fits all" viewpoint that has characterized prescription medication for years.

The testing process begins with the patient selecting drugs they are currently taking from a list provided by the physician. A cheek swab is then sent to the lab for DNA analysis. The patient's DNA test results are matched against their drug regimen and the scientific literature to produce a personalized report. This report reviews current medications and highlights future medications that are better suited to the patient's particular genetic makeup. Because a person's genetic makeup is a constant throughout their life, the test results are valid for life. As new medical discoveries are made the drug regimen must be reconsidered. (I noticed that the fee ranges from $265 to $590 depending on drugs selected and genes that require testing.)

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