Genomics and Toxic Substances: Part II - Toxicogenetics

Envtl. Law Rep., Vol. 33, No. 10641, September 2003

27 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2009

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Gary E. Marchant

Arizona State University - College of Law

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

The sequencing of the human genome revealed that the variation in the genetic material between any two individuals averages approximately one variation for every 1000 base pairs of DNA. Genetic differences in susceptibility provide an important part of the answer of why do some people get sick from certain exposures while others do not. This article examines the implications of recent findings of relatively common genetic variants, known as “polymorphisms,” within the population affecting susceptibility to environmental exposures. In particular, the Article examines the potential applications of such information in toxic tort litigation and environmental regulation. The study of differences in genetic susceptibility to environmental toxicants is sometimes referred to as “toxicogenetics.”

Keywords: Genetics, toxicogenetics toxicants

Suggested Citation

Marchant, Gary E., Genomics and Toxic Substances: Part II - Toxicogenetics (2003). Envtl. Law Rep., Vol. 33, No. 10641, September 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1469702

Gary E. Marchant (Contact Author)

Arizona State University - College of Law ( email )

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Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
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