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imageour lifestyle, the food you eat, and where you live and work can all affect how you respond to medicines. But your genes can also play a role. Scientists are studying how your genes, contained in your DNA, influence your response to medicines. This type of research is called pharmacogenetics or pharmacogenomics.

In recent years, scientists have found genetic variations that affect people's responses to cholesterol-lowering medicines, cancer treatments, AIDS medicines, and many other commonly used drugs. In time, this research will provide information to guide your health care provider in prescribing the correct medicine and dose for your body's needs.

Same Medicine, Different Genes,
Different Effects

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