So, what’s in it for me? That question probably crossed many minds five years ago following the news that scientists had successfully assembled the first draft of the human genome — the genetic blueprint of a human being. The answer for most of us was ”not much."
What a difference five years can make. Today, we are witnessing a
revolution in the understanding of health and disease, spurred on by
the sequencing of the human genome and the subsequent creation of a map
of human genetic variation. And, like most historic movements, this
revolution has been given a name: personalized medicine.
Francis S. Collins. Personalized medicine: A new approach to staying well. July 17, 2005
Senior editor at the Atlantic and food writer Corby Kummer has a wide-ranging review of the emerging science (and preliminary practice) of nutritional genomics in the recent MIT Tech Review. He covers the definition of nutrional genomics; its promises and problems; the major movers of the field; preliminary gene-diet successes like the hepatic lipase gene variants and cholesterol ("one needle in a very high haystack"); and the shape of the marketplace for "genomic diets."
Corby Kummer. "Your Genomic Diet" MIT Tech Review. August 2005.
See also Corby Kummer, The Pleasures of Slow Food. Chronicle Books, 2002.
Graduation, a cross-country move, and a great new job
have kept me from blogging for the past two months. I’m situated now
and will once again be blogging regularly. I must say that the incentives to stay
indoors on a computer in this city are noticeably fewer than the last
city, so I may have to take up moblogging.