Pharmacogenomics and pharmacogenetics

The way you respond to drugs depends partly on your genetic make up. Your genes might mean you respond well, or they could condemn you to serious side-effects.

Pharmacogenomics research aims to identify the genes that influence drug responses. The hope is that this information can then be used to tailor drug treatments to individuals' genetic make up.

This Spotlight reviews progress in research and medical application, with insight from leading figures in the field. It aims to show how pharmacogenomics will benefit healthcare, but also highlights the considerable challenges that will have to be overcome.