Eley thinks there is a way to predict whether a person will respond to a given treatment, and it's as personalized as you can get: Her team will be gathering genetic samples from people who have used the NHS program for CBT, and testing their genome against their therapeutic result.They're betting that the latest genetic screening technology is sufficiently advanced to find genetic differences that could predict how people will respond to treatment. And then, just like a doctor can recommend a specific diet to a person genetically predisposed to heart disease, psychological treatment could be more personalized.But is something as complex as talking to a therapist reducible to genes?
Just like a doctor can recommend a specific diet to a person genetically predisposed to heart disease, psychological treatment could be more personalized
"The findings from psychiatric genetics and from complex genetics research more broadly suggest that the single candidate gene approach doesn't usually work," said Dr Laramie Duncan, a genetics researcher at Stanford University. She said that researchers have to test tens of thousands of people and millions of genetic variants.
Something as complex as therapy response won't come down to a single gene