Abstract: Recent technological advancements in genetic testing and the growing accessibility of public genomic data provide researchers with a unique avenue to approach personalized medicine. This feasibility study examined the potential of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genomic tests (focusing on 23andMe) in research and clinical applications. In particular, we combined population genetics information from the Personal Genome Project with adverse event reports from AEOLUS and pharmacogenetic information from PharmGKB. Primarily, associations between drugs based on co-occurring genetic variations and associations between variants and adverse events were used to assess the potential for leveraging single nucleotide polymorphism information from 23andMe. The results of this study suggest potential clinical uses of DTC tests in light of potential drug interactions. Furthermore, the results suggest great potential for analyzing associations at a population level to facilitate knowledge discovery in the realm of predicting adverse drug events.

Learning Objective 1: Understand the potential utility and challenges with using direct-to-consumer genetic testing in the context of predicting adverse drug events.


Patrick Zhang (Presenter)
Brown University

Indra Sarkar, Brown University

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