1.09.2006

Monday factoid, including the human genome
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Over 500 people were tested yesterday, from the comfort of their own computer, wherever they reside around the world. You'll see some changes in the flow of tests, as the brief picture and word test, which was used in the Stanford research (and which was awarded a U.S. patent) is now in the 'free test' slot. This test was central to the results presented internationally over the past 7 months, both in Washington D.C. and Stockholm. Incidientally, after the free test you can decide to track your results and tell Cognitive Labs to track them for you. For a small subscription fee, you can subscribe to the reporting service Memory For Life and get reports on your scores: are they trending up or down? Faster or slower? Plus, after time passes you will receive reminders. It's all about taking proactive steps to manage your health through better information.

This leads into a discussion of the human genome. From double helix discoverer Francis Crick to Craig Venter, much progress has been made in unraveling the mystery. I was surpised to see, in Dr. Venter's interview in BioItWorld by Kevin Davies, that he was APOEe4, putting him at a theoretical higher risker for certain ailments, particularly cardiovascular and cognitive issues such as Alzheimer's.
Hence the need for early detection.



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