According to Futurism, genetic testing at home is becoming more commonplace and there is more data on various diseases, but is it really helpful to know from the moment we are born that we may have any future disease?
In the past few decades, the booming of genetic testing of families has provided us with more insight, such as who we are, where we come from, and what the future will affect our health. It also provides science with a great deal of data of invaluable value.
Millions of people around the world are sampling their faces in their living rooms in the hope of enhancing their understanding of family health. With the genetic maps of these voluntary test subjects, researchers are beginning to understand more closely the long-disregarded medical insights, let alone helping find new ones.
Researchers are also using the data to improve or develop entirely new treatments for diseases that were previously considered unsustainable by the scientific community. From there, the prospect of cure for incurable disease seems to be closer to reality than ever before.
The more genetically-tailored “direct to consumer” genetic testing is available to the public, the more data researchers have available. All of this data will surely bring additional investment. With these investments, we will surely achieve even faster progress in combating the disease.
Disease Report Card
We are approaching an era when newborns are sent home not only by the hospital’s blankets and knit hats, but also by parents in a cost-effective way to get accurate gene maps of their children. Amit Khera, a cardiologist and researcher at the University of Cambridge in Massachusetts, calls it a genetic score or, more generally, a “gene report card.”
In an interview recently, Kola said: “At a very young age, you basically get a report card that shows that you have 10 types of illness and gives you a rating, for example, you have 90 % Chance of developing heart disease, 50% chance of developing breast cancer, and 10% risk of developing diabetes. ”
Imagine this: It’s like a child’s health risk road map. It does not matter only for the coming months, or for the next few years, but it is about the child’s entire life cycle.
As we find ourselves more connected to genes, from the consistency of the waxy to the personalized quirks to the change in taste, we may be able to predict more about a child’s health than just their Risk of heart disease during growth.
Due to lifestyle, environmental and other factors, the genetic risk of many diseases can be alleviated. Although the risk of developing type 2 diabetes can indeed be changed, as we have learned, there are more than one or two genes that we need to focus on. The genetic reason behind some diseases is not dozens, but hundreds.
Is it worth the risk?
There are thousands and thousands of different genes in the human genome. When it comes to risk assessment, the genes we know can in some cases balance the effects of other genes. These predictions will become more accurate as more genes are identified associated with a particular condition.
Improving risk assessment is not only important for new born babies but equally important to the rest of us, and some may be more vulnerable than we are aware of.
So, the question is: what can we do with these disease prediction messages? What should medical professionals do with this information? If this risk can be reduced by changing the diet, taking medications, quitting smoking, or even wearing a fitness tracker, that information can be very timely. However, if the risk is inevitable, can we predict whether the disease will be a blessing or a curse?
This debate is particularly important in predicting neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. If a genetic test shows that someone is at risk for Alzheimer’s disease and even gives that person information about when symptoms may begin to develop, you can give them more time to prepare. However, how does this information affect one’s life?
If an adult is told he is going to have a disease in the next 10 years, they may be grateful because he has time to arrange work and family and to seek specific care based on the needs of the illness. But what if someone got the information when they were 25 years old? Or if they did not know they were going to develop Alzheimer’s on the day they were born, they would have to bear the burden of their entire lives Spend it?
To a large extent, these problems are determined by the rate of effective treatment of the disease detected by genetic testing. Perhaps, when we received a “gene report card” during childhood, the treatment of this age-related technology has been developed, which may mean that our risk score does not bother people at all. But from now until then, there will be many uncertainties as our understanding of health goes beyond our ability to fight against those fates.