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Genetic make-up to decide a person’s diet in future

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According to the researchers of the Kansas State University, diet s could be tailored as per the genetic constitution of the person in near future. Nutrigenomics-the study of the effect of food on gene expression- could completely change the future of public health. According to the scientists, nutrigenomics – the study of the effect of food on gene expression – could completely change the future of public health. The research speculates that in five to ten years people would be going to the genetic counsellor to understand their genetic make-up and then a professional could customise the diet accordingly.

Nutrigenomics is a growing field of research that combines molecular biology, genetics and nutrition to regulate gene expression through specific nutrients. Nutrients have been shown to affect gene expression through transcription factors, which are biochemical entities that bind to DNA and either promote or inhibit transcription of genes. By understanding the roles of specific nutrients and how they might cause diseases, scientists could recommend specific foods for an individual based on his or her genetics.

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