Reading our genes like computer code

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“I had never heard of AMD, I had no family history of it and in many ways it was the worst story you can get in genetic diagnosis, ‘Here’s something that you didn’t know about which we can’t do anything about,’” says Raymond McCauley.

He knows this because when he had his genetic code read, he found out that he was likely to get age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

“But I’m a scientist, so I read some papers and found out that there are some things you can do. You can take vitamins, you can get a certain ocular check-up. I stopped going to the mall to buy my glasses and started seeing a research ophthalmologist.”

Now he feels a lot happier.

“What was an incurable, untreatable disease turns out to be fairly curable and treatable. I’m glad that I got the information,” says Raymond McCauley.

An increasing number of private companies are offering to read people’s DNA in the same way that a computer reads code, providing insights into how their own genome will affect their health.

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