Just to riff off YakDip’s recent test to help find a good medication - here is some background info on the tests/research that I’ve found - very cool stuff, and a great help for people having trouble finding a good medication for themselves:
DNA Genotek’s Blog
…practitioners in Canada are now able to offer certain patients a saliva-based genetic test to predict which psychiatric medications work best for them. The tests enable physicians to use a patient’s genetic makeup to help predict which medications are safe to prescribe, and which ones may be ineffective or cause side effects. The tests are aimed at minimizing trial-and-error prescribing/dosing and are expected to reduce associated health care costs.
One of the Companies that does the Testing:
http://assurexhealth.com/pr_100000patients/ - 100,000 Patients Tested with this Technology
A video on the general area of this type of personalized medicine: