Advances in genetics and genomics, and particularly the plethora of information arising from the Human Genome Project, have catalyzed the advent of toxicogenomics. This new discipline that emerged at the interface between toxicology and genomics promises to improve our insight into the complexity of interactions between chemical compounds and the genome in ways that just years ago seemed unimaginable. Toxicogenomics is one of the most recent members of the expanding group of “-omics” sciences, where it joins genom-ics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabonom-ics. All these advances are poised to profoundly transform the way we think about many facets of life sciences, and we can expect to hear more about new developments in the coming years.

Interindividual differences in response to environmental toxins or therapeutic agents have ...

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