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2008 National DNA Day Online Chatroom Transcript

This is just one question from an archive of the National DNA Day Moderated Chat held in April 2008. The NHGRI Director and many genomics experts from across NHGRI took questions from students, teachers and the general public on topics ranging from basic genomic research, to the genetic basis of disease, to ethical questions about genetic privacy.

what is the differance between pharmacogenomics and pharmacogenetics ?
     Larry Thompson, M.S., M.F.A.: Leads the Communications Branch at the Genome Institute. The definitions for these terms are not precise but generally in the field, studying genetics is the study of a single gene and the study of genomics is looking at all the genes in a genome. So, by extension, pharmacogenomics would be the development or use of applications effecting the entire genome, perhaps through networks of genes or even effecting epigenetics. But that's generally not how the pharmaceutical industry talks about it. The dominant term is pharmacogenomcis and it is the kind of research that uses the tools of genomic research to develop new, highly targeted treatments.
Samar (Higher Education student)

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