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One of the most recent developments in modern medicine doesn’t cure a disease or heal an injury. Instead, individual genetic information is used to help prevent health problems before they start. One company at the forefront of this trend, Tennessee-based MyGenetx, illustrates the possibilities of this promising new direction. BY MICHAEL W. BROUGH


Unlocking the individual human genetic makeup has provided an alternative way to monitor chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and hypothyMyGenetx is transforming health and healthcare through precisionroidism. medicine. Formarkers example, a Genetic indicate how medications willimproperly affect each staggering 30% of patients diagnosed with depression or anxiety disorders may be individual, and MyGenetx is putmedicated. A simple PGT test will deliver guidance to doctors and healthcare providers. ting that knowledge into practice in an area called pharmacogenetics (PGT). With a simple oral rinse, Phone number is 844 694 2722 MyGenetx can glean genetic inforMyHap22 mation to confirm not just which I would like to spell out MyHap22 and have the number with it please. medication is right for each patient, but also the precise dosage and frequency for the best result. Just as important: It can alert your doctor to medications that are safe for most patients but harmful to you. MyGenetx combines that information with other data—including weight, age, lifestyle, and other medications you take—to work out a safe and effective way to control chronic conditions and help prevent health issues in the future. “What we’re doing ushers in a new era of personalized medicine,” says MyGenetx Chief Scientific Officer Dave Vigerust, Ph.D. “Each person is different, and our data allow doctors to prescribe medications precisely, with each individual patient in mind.”

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