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What will you do about the new Alzheimer's gene?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 07, 2013 at 2:34 PM

New gene announced...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130306133813.htm

I'm going to hazard a guess...

  1. go to 23andme to check status (of all nine)
  2. Devise a menu to defeat the disease
  3. Wait 50 years for modern medicine to catch up.

(and relax, obviously it's a goof, but the point is valid)

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on March 07, 2013
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epigenetics, brah!

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I think with 23andme and similar services becoming more popular we aught to have a conversation about the difference between predisposition and predeterminism. I don't see them as being equal and don't think that identifying a gene that predisposes you to a certain condition should be actionable. Unless I could establish a direct causal link to a certain gene and a certain condition that predicts it with near 100% certainty, I would have no interest in knowing my theoretical dispositions.

So if I were to answer you question in one word: nothing.

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