Our genomic code carries a wealth of information about us and can be used to identify genetic disorders. There are approximately 4000 genetic disorders that are caused by mutations in individual genes. Additionally, there are several disorders like asthma, autism, obesity, diabetes etc. that are caused by mutations in multiple genes.
We intend to use genetic as well as environmental parameters to predict onset of diseases and susceptibility. The genetic parameters would comprise of markers (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms – SNPs) specifically for Diabetes, Obesity and Coronary heart disease. The environmental parameters would comprise of diet, weather, lifestyle, quantitative traits etc. We plan to utilize these parameters to calculate risk of diseases. We hope this will aid in promoting preventive health behavior in India, create an educated society that practices good health behavior early on so as to control the environmental influence that cause diseases and establish cause and effect for major disorders.
Xcode has developed technology to analyze genetic data that is obtained by means of saliva sample from an individual and provide information on their risk to certain non-communicable diseases based on their genomic profile.