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View in Spanish: Farmacogenética

Pharmacogenetics (FAR-muh-koh-jeh-NEH-tix)
The study of how a person’s genes affect the way he or she responds to drugs. Pharmacogenetics 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 pharmacogenomics.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.