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Your DNA-Based Diet Plan? He's Got an App for That


Your DNA-Based Diet Plan? He's Got an App for That
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These assessments would list everything from predictions of heart disease risk to tailor-made nutrition plans. Itâs an intriguing idea, although some experts question how well genetics can predict disease risk, much less nonclinical traits, which draw on a host of social and other environmental factors.Unlike the more established 23andMe and Ancestry.com, which offer one-time reports, Helix can be used repeatedly, and customers can request different reports each time. Plus, Helix analyzes all 22,000 genes, rather than just single points in the DNA code, joining the swelling ranks of companies harnessing next-generation sequencing â from Human Longevity, which offers âdata-driven health intelligence,â to WuXi NextCODE, provider of whole-genome wellness scans. DNA sequencing has become cheaper and easier over the past decade, and in April, the FDA allowed 23andMe to sell 10 tests for disease risk, which âcould give the green light to other companies,â says Scott Roberts, director of the University of Michiganâs Genomics, Health and Society Program.

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