A New 'Omics Emerges


There are several reasons why some patients may or may not respond to a drug, or may exhibit a certain side effect that other patients do not. Some of those reasons are genetic, as pharmacogenomics researchers have shown — certain alleles can predict response to a drug or the likelihood of an adverse reaction. But pharmacogenomics has been unable to explain all the variability in drug response, so metabolomics researchers have stepped in to see whether their discipline can help explain why some patients respond to drugs the way they do.

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The Seattle Times writes that pharmacogenomics testing can help choose medications that may work best for people with depression.

In PNAS this week: genome sequencing of weevil symbionts, retinoid X receptor deletion in lung cancer metastasis, and more.

Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.