How Would Genetic Testing Change Your LIfe

October 14, 2008

Enoch Choi has posted an insightful piece about the announcement by Scripps, Navigetics and Microsoft about a project to test 10,000 people who have a genetic profile done and the impact on their behavior. Enoch talks about his own experience with Navigetics and the impact on his health behavior.

“Sponsored by Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI), the study aims to find out if participating in personal genomic testing will improve health by motivating people to make positive lifestyle changes, such as exercising, eating healthy and quitting smoking, as well as decisions to seek further medical evaluation and preventive strategies. The study will offer genetic scans to up to 10,000 employees, family members and friends of the nonprofit Scripps Health system in San Diego and will assess changes in participants’ behaviors over a 20-year period.”

It is interesting that they are using employees and family members. One wonders what kind of privacy protections will be put in place. Also, this is one of the first long term studies – I look forward to interim reports thoughout the next several years.

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