Personal genetic testing heralds era of more predictive, preventive care

by on March 3, 2009

We all know that we shouldn’t smoke.  It increases our risk for heart disease and cancer.  But some people, due to genetic factors, seem to be more susceptible than others.  If we knew that we were “hard-wired” to be especially at risk for cancer or heart disease, would such knowledge make it even more unlikely that we would ever pick up a cigarette?  We know that obesity increases our risk for diabetes.  If we had better tools to measure our personal risk, would we be more likely to eat less and stay fit?  These are questions researchers hope to find out in a new prospective study being conducted at the Scripps Translational Science Institute .  Co-sponsors of the study include personal genetic testing company, Navigenics ; microarray chip maker, Affymetrix , and Microsoft HealthVault . In this month’s edition of my House Calls for Healthcare Professionals series of  articles, audio-casts and videos on Microsoft’s health industry website , we are featuring a new audio-cast that explores how personal genetic testing may profoundly impact the practice of medicine, moving us from a reactive, disease-focused model of practice to one that is much more predictive and preventive

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