Mark Davis
Designer antibodies, nanoparticles, bacteria
Designer antibodies, nanoparticles, bacteria

When you pop a pill in the future, don't expect old-fashioned results. Thanks to new advances in the lab and a deeper understanding of the human body, drugs are becoming highly personalized and precisely targeted. And the hope is they'll also be more effective. A new appreciation of our individual differences could spell the end of one-size-fits-all medicine. Our genes, lifestyles, environmental influences and even the bacteria in our guts work together to make us the people we are. All of these factors — and more — dictate how we respond to pills, tablets and capsules. Clearly, we can't expect a drug to work in the same way in each person. Here's a look...