Chapter 3 describes the development of environmental genomics, which seeks to explain how genetic differences betweenindividuals shape susceptibility to the harmful effects of environmental exposures. It provides a short historical overview of how physicians and scientists have conceptualized the variable susceptibility of human bodies both to diseases and to the drugs used to treat them. In the twentiethcentury, scientists used research on individual variation in drug metabolism, in particular, to molecularize these ways of thinking about bodily differences and extend their relevance to environmental chemicals. At the NIEHS, this line of research has been institutionalized in the Environmental Genome Project. The chapterconcludes by examining the practical, ethical, and policy conundrums raised by environmental genomics.
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