Mike Snyder profile in Science

By Razib Khan | March 17, 2012 11:27 pm

Examining His Own Body, Stanford Geneticist Stops Diabetes in Its Tracks:

Over a 14-month period, the molecular geneticist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, analyzed his blood 20 different times to pluck out a wide variety of biochemical data depicting the status of his body’s immune system, metabolism, and gene activity. In today’s issue ofCell, Snyder and a team of 40 other researchers present the results of this extraordinarily detailed look at his body, which they call an integrative personal omics profile (iPOP) because it combines cutting-edge scientific fields such as genomics (study of one’s DNA), metabolomics (study of metabolism), and proteomics (study of proteins). Instead of seeing a snapshot of the body taken during the typical visit to a doctor’s office, iPOP effectively offers an IMAX movie, which in Snyder’s case had the added drama of charting his response to two viral infections and the emergence of type 2 diabetes.

Hopefully in about 10 years this will be the norm, not cutting edge science.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Personal Genomics
MORE ABOUT: Mike Snyder, Science
  • http://www.gwern.net gwern

    As Redditors pointed out, this isn’t much of an endorsement for the immediate practical value: the diabetes was caught by a different doctor, apparently regardless of whether he knew about a slight genetic propensity, and was handled with the usual methods which ignored all the gathered data.

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp Razib Khan

    #1, it would have taken longer to detect and may have done some damage (lots of diabetic people who have adult onset take a while to realize what they have because they may take a glucose test once every few years). i’ve talked to mike about this, and the genetic propensity wasn’t the big thing. rather, it was that he was doing such a fine-grained tracking of his biomarkers.


Discover's Newsletter

Sign up to get the latest science news delivered weekly right to your inbox!

Gene Expression

This blog is about evolution, genetics, genomics and their interstices. Please beware that comments are aggressively moderated. Uncivil or churlish comments will likely get you banned immediately, so make any contribution count!

About Razib Khan

I have degrees in biology and biochemistry, a passion for genetics, history, and philosophy, and shrimp is my favorite food. In relation to nationality I'm a American Northwesterner, in politics I'm a reactionary, and as for religion I have none (I'm an atheist). If you want to know more, see the links at http://www.razib.com


See More


RSS Razib’s Pinboard

Edifying books

Collapse bottom bar