Researchers from Roche and Stanford University are developing a computational method that may be able to help drug and diagnostic makers better understand the genetic pathways related to drug response and disease mechanisms.

The method, which is currently only applicable to mice, but might eventually be developed for human use, uses haplotype data to compare genomic differences among mouse strains that could help predict drug metabolism. The researchers also believe the technique could help shed additional light on toxicology and pharmacodynamics.

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