PGxCheck...What is our DNA saying?




We need to consider how genetic information

can help us with respect to healthcare. We are able to perform genetic testing more readily,

but how are we using the results? Join in the discussion!


Personalized medicine and pharmacogenomics (the influence of genetics on drugs) is here. It is in its infancy and we all will watch it grow. From healthcare professionals to the general public, pharmacogenomics and the broader area of personalized medicine will present a learning curve.

This blog is made possible through an individual making their genetic information available. 

As we learn what this individual's genetics are telling us...and what it is not telling us, we will discuss it. I am sure there will be many questions. We will have individuals from pharmacy, genetics, ethics, law, and other disciplines adding their expertise and thoughts to the discussion. I sincerely hope you will contemplate the information, formulate your thoughts, and participate in the discussion! - Blog site for the course

You are at the correct site for the blog. The blogging will start September 4, 2013 after the deadline for completion of the pre-course survey. I look forward to the interaction!

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1. Kara Horvath | September 04, 2013 at 11:55 AM EDT

I understand that DFK wants to develop a \bigger picture\ in order to understanding his personal genetic make-up by sending out his saliva to DTC genetic testing company. How do you trust that the company is ONLY returning your DNA information to you and not using it for further research? I think this is one of the first legal and ethical issues that this blog will discuss. As from reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, I have become more interested in the ethical issues that surround genetic testing today, especially since genetic testing and research have improved since the 1950s and 60s.

2. DFK | September 09, 2013 at 09:43 AM EDT

Kara: Great ethical/legal/social issue (ELSI) to bring up. There were many legal statements on the companies documents that you had to read very carefully. Trust is HUGE in this! DFK has the mindset of sharing the information for education purposes, but others do not...we will get to another case involving the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. (BNSF), a railroad company...that broke that trust!

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