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Schizophrenia is a complex disorder affecting how an individual thinks, feels and acts. New research has found that people with certain genetic errors are more susceptible to the disorder. shutterstock

New gene links to schizophrenia could open the door to improved treatments

How someone suffering from schizophrenia responds to treatment and manages their disorder is dependent on errors in their genes, according to new research.
Precision medicine delivers treatment based on the particular variant of the disease by taking the genetic make-up of the ill person into account. Micah Baldwin/Flickr

Precision medicine offers the hope of cures made just for you

Hidden among all the other announcements in last week’s State of the Union address by US President Barack Obama was a promise to fund a new “precision medicine initiative”. The president said it would…
Better understanding of cancer biology is leading to small steps towards personalised cancer medicine. Josep Ma. Rosell

Another step in cancer therapy’s move towards personalised medicine

Although in use for over 50 years now, chemotherapy is a blunt instrument in the battle against cancer and one that’s based on an outdated understanding of tumour biology. Personalised treatment has been…
Pharmacogenomics is the study of variations in our genome that alter our response to drugs. Andy Melton

Pharmacogenomics explains why some medicines may not work for you

Pharmacogenomics is the study of drugs (pharmakon- the Greek word for poison or drug) and the genome. These two come together to explain why about 50% of medicines don’t work in some people and why they…

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