- Pharmacogenomics is a branch of pharmacology concerned with using DNA and amino acid sequence data to inform drug development and testing. An important application of pharmacogenomics is correlating individual genetic variation with drug responses.
Definition from: Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms from the National Human Genome Research Institute
- A biotechnological science that combines the techniques of medicine, pharmacology, and genomics and is concerned with developing drug therapies to compensate for genetic differences in patients which cause varied responses to a single therapeutic regimen.
Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary by Merriam-Webster Inc.
- The study of the interaction of an individual's genetic makeup and response to a drug.
Definition from: Human Genome Project Information
at the U.S. Department of Energy
- The study of how a person's genes affect the way he or she responds to drugs. Pharmacogenomics is being used to learn ahead of time what the best drug or the best dose of a drug will be for a person. Also called pharmacogenetics.
National Cancer Institute
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See also Understanding Medical Terminology.