Each gene codes a specific protein which in turn performs various functions. Humans code over 20 thousand genes so that our bodies can perform its many functions. Muscles to move, blood cells to transport oxygen and insulin to process glucose to name just a few. Over the years, the genetic science community has determined the gene blueprint contained on specific DNA strands and the function of thousands of these genes.
Other researchers are hard at work performing epidemiological studies to determine healthy and un-healthy interactions including foods, behaviors and chemical interactions. These studies produce valuable data that help guide our life choices. Exercise is good for you, smoking is bad, apples and broccoli are good, etc…
Once epidemiological studies produce data, other researchers consider the mechanism of action of the health/unhealthy interactions. They try to answer why is broccoli healthy? What are the biological changes produced by consuming it? And finally, once the specific chemicals in broccoli are isolated and tested, they determine which genes are affected.
We constantly read headlines touting a specific super food or supplement and try to live a healthy life. But internally, everything we consume and every chemical we encounter move genes in a mostly random fashion.
When disease hits, our bodies are moving enough genes in the wrong direction to negatively affect our health. Further, genetic mutations accumulate over time so the proteins they code do not function as expected. Cancer is one disease that has been firmly associated with genetic mutation, however there are many more. Additionally, many key genes in disease have been identified from research all over the globe. Together, these genes present targets for treatment.
Epigenetics is the study of gene expression. How and why certain genes are expressed (produce a protein) and others are silenced. There is a substantial and growing body of research that is looking at epigenetic dysregulation as a major contributor of disease. In fact, epigenetic features are more common in many diseases than mutations.
Your DNA hold the recipe for all 20,000+ genes
Gene is called on to make a protein
When all the pathways are functioning, the cell is healthy
Specific genes are turned on in a cell to perform a specific function i.e. neuron cell
Genes and proteins work in complex systems called pathways
When too many or too few genes are expressed, disease can form and progress
This begs the question. What if we could manipulate the gene expression of individuals living with disease to produce a more normal pattern of protein generation? What if we could reduce the gene expression of disease causing genes such as oncogenes in cancer and enhance the expression of beneficial proteins? The possibilities and diseases we could target are endless.
Epigenetic Data Sciences was founded with the mission to use all of the available data and research that are sitting in islands of databases throughout the world to determine, scientifically, what is the best combination of chemicals (foods/supplements) to push back against diseases’ dysregulation of genes at every point. Using sophisticated software and database technology, EDS tests billions of combinations to formulate optimized plans that take the guesswork out of fighting back against disease.