In a recently published book by Joel Dudley and Konrad Karczewski, the authors write that every person has a unique variation of the human genome. What this means is that, while humans are very similar physiologically, we all have unique genetic identities. This uniqueness can manifest itself in a number of ways, including responsiveness to medical treatments. In other words, what is effective for you may not be effective for me (and vice versa).
Researchers are aware of this, and new technologies—those tailored for personalized approaches to healthcare—are starting to appear. For example, the FDA recently approved a 3D-printed drug for seizures. In practice, “chemical inks” would be used to 3D print easily dissolvable pills with custom doses. As the article suggests, it is likely only a matter of time before a person can 3D print his or her own personalized prescriptions—based on body type, age, genetics, etc.—at home.
Additionally, these and other scientific developments could have a very positive impact on preventive health. Imagine receiving specific suggestions for lifestyle changes that could extend your life or prevent the onset of certain diseases—all tailored to you and the diseases to which you may be susceptible!
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