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Stanford geneticist talks tracking biological data points and personalized medicine

Stanford geneticist talks tracking biological data points and personalized medicine

Nearly a year ago, Stanford geneticist Michael Snyder, PhD, and colleagues published an analysis of some of his body’s most intimate secrets: the sequence of his DNA, the RNA and proteins produced by his cells and the metabolites and signaling molecules flowing through his blood. During the course of the study, Snyder not only discovered that he was predisposed to diabetes, but he also watched himself develop the disease.

In this Mendelspod video Q&A, Snyder discusses how his research is progressing, his decision to begin self-tracking nutritional and exercise information, and the expansion of his project to include another ten individuals. He also comments on the potential of using an integrative Personal “Omics” Profile (iPoP) – the approach of collecting and analyzing billions of individual bits of data – in a clinical setting. For those who have always desired to spy on the biological interworkings of their own bodies, it’s fascinating stuff.

Previously: NPR explores the pros and cons of scientists sequencing their own genes, Ask Stanford Med: Genetics chair answers your questions on genomics and personalized medicine, How genome testing can help guide preventative medicine and ‘Omics’ profiling coming soon to a doctor’s office near you?

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