It’s all about the DNA

Twenty-nine-year-old Radha Srinivasan was shocked when she looked at her health report. She had been diagnosed with ‘high blood pressure’. A BPO executive, she had always tried to stay fit and was careful with what she ate. “My parents died of a heart attack in their early 50s. So, I had to be very careful; I have a family to take care of,” says Srinivasan. Alarmed, she wanted to find out if she was pre-disposed to any disease and what additional steps she could take to ensure her well-being. That’s when Srinivasan turned to Xcode, a Chennai-based wellness company.

What she wanted to get done was an examination of her genes to find out the diseases she is susceptible to, an area that personal genomics deals with. “A simple swab of saliva from an individual can provide a fairly accurate assessment of her genetic predisposition to lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and coronary problems,” says Saleem Mohammed, co-founder and CEO of Chennai-based Xcode Life Sciences.

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