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Date:4/30/2010

data, on top of what was already known about his health risks based on his age and gender. The analysis focused on 55 conditions, ranging from diabetes and obesity to gum disease and schizophrenia.

The analysis revealed that Quake has a 23 percent risk of prostate cancer and a 1.4 percent risk of Alzheimer's disease. He also has a more than 50 percent chance of developing obesity, type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease.

However, lifestyle habits can have a strong impact on genetic risk factors, the experts noted.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Quake said that a personal genome reading might not be a great idea for everyone. "All you hear about when they talk about your genome is ways you're going to die and get sick. It doesn't tell you you're going to be happy or a great athlete," he noted. "If you're a worrier, this is not for you."

And another expert unconnected to the research worried about privacy issues. "The genie is now out of the bottle," Nilesh Samani, of the department of cardiovascular sciences at the University of Leicester, told the AP. "We need to think carefully about whether we need laws to prevent genetic information from getting into the wrong hands."

The research was funded by the U.S. National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, among others. All the researchers have either financial ties to, or are involved with, genetic testing firms, drug makers or other health industry companies.

The research was released online April 29 and will be published in the May 1 print issue of The Lancet.

More information

The U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute has more about genetic testing.



-- Robert Preidt



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