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Posts to Ask Dr Stoll BB regarding Human Genome Project

There have been a few posts to the Ask Dr Stoll Bulletin Board (BB) regarding
Human Genome Project. Many of them have been archived here. The archive is roughly
chronological. I hope you find it useful.

Human Genome Project summary:

One of the great achievenments, by conventional medicine, un the 20th century, has been their work on mapping the human genome.

Already, in the year 2000, they have determined that about 10-20% of chronic conditions are caused by defects in the genome. ALL of the rest are caused by what we DO with the genome we have been given. In other words, our lifestyle determines the expression of the genome in 80-90% of the cases.

It seems that the most important reason for determining the effects of the human genome is to identify those with a propensity to certain problems and alert them to the need for being especially careful about the lifestyle things that would bother that propensity.

In other words: If you were found to have the gene for lung cancer, you would be wise to avoid ANY exposture to cigarette smoke. If you do not, smoking would likely not be too dangerous for you; remembering that smoking also causes ulcers, hypertension, heart disease, strokes and emphysema. SO, you would have to know if you had the genetic susceptiblilty to those things too.

Further elaboration of our beginning understanding of this important advance is added to the archives, below, as they come up.

Walt Stoll, MD

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