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Tailored treatment

One in ten people get no relief from the painkiller codeine. We don't all respond to a medicine in the same way, or require the same dose. This is because of differences in some of our gene instructions for the proteins that break down drugs in our bodies. Scientists are trying to identify these genes, so that in the future, doctors may be able to predict reactions to a medicine. They may then be able to tailor treatment accordingly.

In the future, doctors may be able to predict reactions to a medicine and tailor treatment accordingly.
In the future, doctors may be able to predict reactions to a medicine and tailor treatment accordingly.
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