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  •  I suspect that some studies are (1+ / 0-)
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    either ongoing or proposed.  We are just now learning about this topic.  I suspect that in a few decades, if our health care system does not implode from excessive profits for the insurance and drug companies, that genetic testing will be done for individuals, not groups, to fine tune drug dosages.  Groups are sort of like a sledge hammer approach (better than nothing, obviously) and specific genetic analyses are more like the oft referenced "silver bullet", tailored to each individual.

    Warmest regards,

    Doc

    "It is not the content of the post, it is the name recognition that makes the Rec List"

    by Translator on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 07:08:56 PM PDT

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    •  That's true but if there is an inherited (1+ / 0-)
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      vulnerability among Native Americans and Hispanics, then I think our local docs should know about it today.

      I find that frequently, when we test drugs, we forget to look at women and ethnic minorities. It's a serious problem.

      •  I fully agree. But not everyone inherits (1+ / 0-)
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        everything the same way.  Sure, use ethnicity as a starting point to learn who needs individual screening more.  To remove the emotion, let us use a different ethnic group.

        Just because one Asian from, say Japan, has a particular liver enzyme profile does not indicate that another individual from the same town has it as well, until studies are performed.  Ethnicity is a good start to find answers, but the final answer will be much more complex, I promise you as a scientist.

        Warmest regards,

        Doc

        "It is not the content of the post, it is the name recognition that makes the Rec List"

        by Translator on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 07:51:52 PM PDT

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