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What do my kids need to know about all this genome stuff?

What do my kids need to know about all this genome stuff?

Depends on age: Below the age of 7-8 yrs, kids are unlikely to process the information any deeper than they do the tooth fairy. 8-16 are straight forward & basic, after 15 or so they are more adult in sorting issues out. That said, i see little relevance to their daily life in bringing up the subject at all.As they approach adulthood & issues of parenting & inheritance arise, you have good reason to review it. ...Read more

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Should I have my genome tested? I am single, young, healthy, curious

Should I have my genome tested? I am single, young, healthy, curious

Why?: If you are otherwise healthy and have no significant family hx for rare or genetic diseases which can be specifically tested for. But to shotgun has many downsides. Let us say you have a gene that doubles the likelyhood of a bad problem, but the chances are still better you won't get .It. You will worry all your life! for what reason, when you can be hit by a car tomorrow! ...Read more

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Tell me about genome testing please.?

Tell me about genome testing please.?

Genome testing: The basis for genome testing came from the sequencing of the human genome. It is now possible to screen people for the genes that we carry but do not express. It is also possible to determine what genes one carries that metabolize drugs or that one expresses on cellular membranes. Knowing takes some of the guess work out of response to treatments. ...Read more

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Hear price dropped so shld I test my genome?

Hear price dropped so shld I test my genome?

No: If you find out you have a terrible disease or genetic abnormality would it make you sleep better or worse? I feel some things are best left unknown or some will worry constantly and lead to more health problems. If you have a genetic problem in family and are planning kids may be good to know to prevent passing on to future kids! i control my risk factorswith diet, exercise, supplements, hormones. ...Read more

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Wanted to know where can I get a genome mapping done?

Genome: You can get your entire genome sequenced for $9500 at www.Illumina.Com. If you would like an intro to genomic medicine, try the 23andme product for $99. This will scan about a million "snps" that are the gene locations where common mutations occur that may be associated with some common (and uncommon) conditions. ...Read more

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Can a man with kleinfelter's do anything to fix their genome?

No: This is a genetic abnormality, actually a chromosomal abnormality. No treatment exists yet for fixing it. But some of the effects of klinefelter's can be managed. ...Read more

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How much do genes determine health? Should we all check genomes?

How much do genes determine health? Should we all check genomes?

It's variable: For any given disease, there is a contribution of genetics, environment, diet and development. For rare genetic syndromes like pku, the genetic component is 100% while in type ii diabetes, genetics is about 45%. I do not recommend whole genome screening as that is often too much information to make rational decisions. I would suggest genetic susceptibility testing for specific conditions. ...Read more

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How much do we know about the human genome and personilized medicine now a days?

How much do we know about the human genome and personilized medicine now a days?

More and more...: The costs of sequencing complete genomes is rapidly decreasing. It is now feasible to sequence a newly diagnosed cancer and get the results back before starting therapy. This is still in the research phase of things (not routinely offered to patients yet). We are now trying to understand how to best use the immense amounts of data coming from sequencing. This is not trivial, but it is exciting. ...Read more

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