Oh, the Potential

Pharmacogenomics has the potential to improve public health, writes Muin Khoury, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's public health genomics office, at the Genomics and Health Impact Blog. About 700,000 emergency department visits each year are due to adverse drug reactions and, Khoury says, genomics, particularly pharmacogenomics could help cut down on those numbers.

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