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Personalised medicine is the concept of using your personal genetic information to treat you in a way that is specific to you. By analysing your unique DNA sequence, it may be possible to predict and prevent disease, as well as to tailor specific treatments when disease does occur.
For many of us, helping ourselves to an extra slice of turkey or a few glasses of bubbles are choices synonymous with festive occasions over the holiday season. Let’s face it, consuming delicious food is an enjoyable experience especially when in the presence of family and friends.
Sara was born on a rainy Sunday, the first child to her adoring and overwhelmed parents. Her mother’s pregnancy had been uneventful, and all their antenatal tests normal. Then someone examined her and ordered X-rays. Next, her unbelieving parents were being told that their gorgeous baby had a genetic bone growth disorder, a form of dwarfism.
Peanut allergies have become increasingly prevalent in today’s younger generation. This is especially true in Melbourne where our unexpectedly high rates of food allergies have led to our city being dubbed the “Food Allergy Capital”.
Each year, thousands of Australians are diagnosed with an inherited condition that affects their nervous system. Neurogenetic disease is an umbrella term to describe these conditions, which are primarily caused by an alteration – or mutation – in our DNA.
Babies conceived through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) mostly grow up to be healthy adults and compare well to those conceived naturally, according to research my colleagues and I have just published in the journal Fertility and Sterility.
Imagine a world where a simple skin infection could become lethal. What we currently consider routine surgery would be too risky because of the risk of bacterial infection. Are you thinking about a time in the past, perhaps the early 20th century, before the discovery of antibiotics?