Drugstore Geneticist

While human-genome research has not produced any “silver bullets” that can cure our most feared diseases, progress in the area of gene-drug interactions, known as pharmacogenomics, has been extraordinary. Indeed, our genetic information can already tell pharmacists which drugs we should take, and how much.

LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA – Back in June 2000, when the draft human-genome sequence was announced, US President Bill Clinton proclaimed, “It will revolutionize the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of most, if not all, human diseases.” A decade later, hope has given way to disappointment, reflected in headlines like “Gene Map Yields Few New Cures.”