19 November 2002
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics today issued a consultation paper on the ethical issues raised by the development of personalised medicines (or pharmacogenetics)
People often respond differently to the same medicine. Some medicines are not effective for everyone; others may cause adverse side-effects, or even death. These different responses may be partly due to our different genetic make-up. Research in pharmacogenetics investigates how genetic variation between individuals affects their responses to medicine.