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DNA and Your Disease Code

dna and diseaseMany of us know that certain diseases show up in our DNA. Those hereditary diseases, like mental illness and Down’s Syndrome, are obvious to us and we know that they’re coming. But, did you know that there is a system in place right now that is being encouraged and starting to be utilized throughout the entire country. In short, it’s a simple procedure (only costs about $20ish dollars) that will use one little prick of blood to check out your DNA, and you’ll be able to find out what diseases you’ve had and you may be apt to have in the future.

How does this work? A doctor and his team realized that your DNA stores this code of every disease that you’ve come across, from cancer, to different viruses, to bacterial infections, and more. And because that code is in there, doctors can look and see exactly what you may be susceptible to and be able to, essentially, head it off at the pass and take care of it before it even becomes a problem. Could you imagine the implications of this and how much it could affect medicine in the future? Consider getting home care services for you or a loved one.

The test is fairly new and only just being offered at this point, but it definitely could play a huge role in a number of things. One of the main things that it could help is the fact that vaccines could more easily be developed. Essentially, doctors will be able to observe how the body reacts to a number of different infections and diseases, and because of that, they’ll be able to use those natural processes to develop the appropriate tools and vaccines so that people aren’t getting sick and dying from those various types of diseases anymore.

We’ve eradicated other diseases when we’ve gotten to similar points, because of vaccines and the knowledge that we gain from technology and such. Will this be a step in the right direction to eliminating more diseases, specifically those that may not even have a cure at this point? What do you think about this DNA testing? Would you get it done if you knew that it was going to make a significant difference in your future? Or do you think that it’s too intrusive and shouldn’t be considered by doctors? It’s an interesting question and debate to consider, no matter what side of the coin you’re on.

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