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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.

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  • 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.

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