What your genes foretell

When things seem to be going so well, an unexpected event can literally throw one’s life out of gear. Seemingly healthy people, many so young, are today falling prey to lifestyle diseases. What if you know whether you are genetically predisposed to them, so that you can take corrective action before it is too late?

Scary as it may seem, many people actually want to know this, says Saleem Mohammed, founder of Chennai-based biotechnology start-up Xcode Life Sciences.

The company has pioneered a preventive wellness programme to fight diabetes, obesity, stroke and cardio vascular diseases.

The programme aims to identify an individual’s predisposition to these lifestyle disorders by doing a DNA analysis of his or her saliva sample. It also checks whether an individual can metabolise fat and carbohydrates.