So what do your genes have to do with your response to medicine?
When you gently brush the inside of your cheek with the cotton swab, you gather some of your cheek cells. Inside of each cell is a nucleus, what you might think as the “control center” of the cell. The nucleus contains your chromosomes, one from each of your parents. Chromosomes are made up of DNA. Segments of DNA are called genes. Each gene codes for proteins your body needs to function.
Not everyone’s genes are exactly the same. Nucleotides can be switched, added, or deleted. These variations can effect how you metabolize drugs. This is one of the main reasons why people respond to some medications differently than others. The sequence of the nucleotides is what we use to determine your test results. If you would like to know more, click here.
The variations in your genes can tell you if you are at risk for serious adverse drug reactions and give dosage guidance for your doctor. We report on over 180 of the most commonly prescribed medications.