“The DNA Dilemma: A Test that Could Change Your Life” a Cover Story in a recent Time magazine issue delves into how the technology of DNA testing and genome sequencing is outpacing our abilities to process that information in the real world.
1. Overreacting to murky results is highest in the area of pre-natal testing. As Tom Murray of Yale says “the genome of a foetus can be sequenced today, but it tells us very little. Probabilities are not the same as guarantees.”
2. The American Academy of Paediatrics advices against genetic testing for children unless there is clear evidence of beneficial treatment of effective treatment strategies available.
3. The American College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists says “personalised gene profiles may be promising but are still not ready for prime time”.
4. Majority of doctors in a recent survey predicted more tests will lead to higher costs since patients may seek frequent screening tests and unnecessary procedures for diseases that might never develop. It may even create a generation of “the worried well” who will live in fear of genetic risks they can do nothing about
This article is balanced and current in its approach. Maximising life potential and minimising health risks as pre-determined by one’s genes is the path to a long, healthy, and fulfilling life. The risks that each one of us inevitably carry can be managed/obviated/delayed by diet and lifestyle appropriate to each person and his/her environment.
Live a life of awareness & balance – the Ayurveda way, and the genes will take care of themselves!