Consumer pharmacogenomics

A recent JAMA(Journal of the American Medical Association)-published study suggests that long-term deliterious effects of coffee are associated with the presence of particular “alleles”:

Said one of the investigators:

bq. “We are approaching the era of personalized dietary advice,” El-Sohemy said.

The same is going on with pharmaceuticals, and a couple of drugs on the market now (Erbitux and Herceptin, to name two off the top of my head) have accompanying diagnostic kits that determine with a fairly high degree of accuracy whether the treatment will be effective.

I’ve been interested in this area for some time, but didn’t know it would make it to the consumer side of things quite this soon.

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