Personalized Nutrition Website Uses DNA Portfolio

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Las Vegas, NV–Researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) launched a public website called FoodGenesAndMe.com that uses computer software to scan users’ DNA for potential health problems and creates personalized diets to lower the risks, according to a press release.

The release notes that genes dictate bodily responses to foods and are risk factors for a variety of ailments, and can therefore be analyzed to pinpoint the perfect diet.

The website works off of existing DNA reports generated by sites like 23andMe.com and Ancestry.com, according to the release. Once a report is uploaded, the site scans the data for genetic markers related to over 100 health conditions, matches it to a USDA nutrient database, and sends out 10-15 medical predictions with dietary suggestions meant to help combat the health hazards.

Martin Schiller, director of the Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine at UNLV, said in the release, “The goal with Food Genes and Me is to make suggestions specific to each person based on their genes. We’re empowering you to act on something right away to affect your health.”

The release notes that reports are free.

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