Personalized medicine is medicine which is tailored to your genetic makeup. A good analogy for personalized medicine is when you change your vehicle’s oil, you are only using the oil which is recommended by the manufacturer. With genomic sequence analysis tools, we’re able to identify medicines which work specifically with your body.
Currently, we’re very limited in what we can do with personalized medicine because pharmaceutical research is very expensive. We’re able to identify drugs which your body might not respond well to based on specific genetic markers. As technology advances, the aim is to tailor treatments to your genetic makeup so that you’re being prescribed medications which are significantly more effective than what’s on the market.