Medicine is the cornerstone of modern therapeutics prescribed on the basis that its benefit should outweigh its risk. It is well known that people respond differently to medications and in many cases the risk-benefit ratio for a particular drug may be a gray area. The last decade has seen a revolution in genomics both in terms of technological innovation and discovering genetic markers associated with disease. In parallel there has been steady progress in trying to make medicines safer and tailored to the individual. This has occurred across the whole spectrum of medicine, some more than others. In addition there is burgeoning interest from the pharmaceutical industry to leverage pharmacogenomics for more effective and efficient clinical drug development.
Table of Contents
I. Introduction II. Basic genetics III. Experimental and discovery platforms IV. Statistics, bioinformatics, and databases V. Clinical trials VI. Fundamental pharmacogenomics VII. Applications in therapeutics VIII. Implementation and regulatory IX. Global perspective