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Imagine that your doctor could do a simple test, look at your genetic profile, and prescribe a pain medicine that is targeted not only toward your type of pain, but to the way that your specific genes process that pain so that you would find the right medicine for you the first time you tried. You could reduce or stop your pain without months or years of trial and error.
That day may be close.
Over the years scientists have identified several genes related to chronic pain. Now, researchers at Harvard, Stanford, the University of North Carolina and institutions as far away as Canada, Israel, and the United Kingdom have combined their efforts and discovered how one particular gene differs in people who have chronic pain compared to those who don’t.
The difference lies in a single amino acid in a pain receptor called P2X7 on a particular gene. Next: Targeted Pain Treatment?