Biotechnology focusing on genetic research, testing and manipulation shows great promise for the possibility of serious disease prevention, delay and management. Companies like those founded by Jim Plante work to improve the health of humanity, focusing especially on genetic diseases associated with aging. The hope is that people will live longer while maintaining excellent health, avoiding or at least delaying the onset of illnesses like chronic kidney failure and Alzheimer’s disease.
Genes are short parts of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA. Each chromosome in a person’s cells has large numbers of genes, sometimes thousands of them. Abnormalities known as gene mutations or variations are causes or increased risk factors for disease.
Some Types of Genetic Testing
Genetic testing is currently used for a broad range of information gathering. Some of the information is mainly for a person’s own interests, such as that of genetic ancestry, and not for diagnostic …