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Nutrigenomics Set To Change Public Health, Food And Culinary Industries

March 5, 2010: 01:24 AM EST
In the next five to ten years, scientists in the emerging field of nutrigenomics may be able to customize diets for the prevention of disease by focusing on a person’s genetics, according to researchers. Nutrigenomics studies the effects of food on gene expression, or the process of “turning on” a gene to act in a certain way. It may be possible, the researchers say, to use food to prevent an individual's genes from expressing disease, a phenomenon that could change the future of public health and the food and culinary industries. Nutrients affect gene expression through transcription factors – biochemical entities that bind to DNA and either promote or inhibit transcription of genes. To succeed, nutrigenomics requires collaboration among geneticists, as well as professionals in public health, food science and culinary science.
Koushik Adhikari, Denis Medeiros & Jean Getz, "Nutrigenomics and Public Health", Food Technology Magazine, March 05, 2010, © Institute of Food Technologists
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