Thursday, October 27, 2011

Genetic Basis of Human Metabolic Individuality

What if you could have medical treatment tailored directly to your metabolic circumstances. Research is showing more and more, that metabolism affects many genetic disorders. There is even a new technology, metabolomics, which measures how metabolism correlates to risk for disease and type of disease. In a test of 600,000 SNPs, "fifteen SNPs had previously been associated with metabolism-related conditions such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, gout, diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases, cancer and adverse drug reactions. Metabolism may also effect responsiveness to treatment for disease. Metabolism can affect absorption of drugs, hindering or assisting the proper care. The more scientists understand the way in which metabolism affects individual response, the more treatment will be fitted to each person's needs.


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