• Personalized Medicine: DNA Limitedly Predicts Illness

    Posted April 3, 2012: by Bill Sardi

    With all of the anticipation and hoopla surrounding the advent of personalized medicine, a conclusive study of twins reveals sequences of DNA are not predictive of future illness. The New York Times weighs in on the report here, first published in Science Translational Medicine. Yet in the same month (March 2012) a report published in the Yale Journal of Biology & Medicine says “affordable genome sequencing will soon be a reality” and stresses America prepare the current generation of high school students to “learn the importance of personal genetics.”

    A recent report published in Epigenomics attempts to sort out genetics (inherited gene mutations) from epigenetics (protein making influenced by environmental factors). It is worth the read for science-savvy readers.

    Largely due to commercial interests the mapping of the human genome and gene mutation testing has dominated news reports. But it is clearly epigenetics that described disease and aging. The good news is that the epigenome can be rapidly and effectively influenced by dietary and molecular measures. – Copyright 2012 Bill Sardi Knowledge of Health, Inc.

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