Genetic evolution takes place
over millions of years. Our bodies have been programmed through this process to fully utilize the nutritional components from very limited resources. We have never encountered a highly-industrialized supply of calories such as what we see from today's food system. This constant inundation with calorie-dense and sugary foods - alongside decreased rates of exercise and physical activity - confuses our physiology, and the unfortunate consequence of this has been epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and a myriad of inflammatory disorders.
On average, two individuals
differ in their genetic code by 3-4 million nucleotides. This is the reason we look, think, and digest the same foods differently. Projects like the HapMap, which compiled 10's of millions of naturally occurring genetic variations,used numerous populations of different ancestral backgrounds to uncover correlations between biological traits and genetic variations. GenoPalate leverages this database to make personalized predictions about the relationship between genes and nutrition.
About 3 thousand years into
the age of cattle farming, certain tribes (including Northern Europeans, Western Africans, and some Middle Easterns,) developed a mutation allowing them to take full advantage of the high calories provided by the milk sugar lactose. In contrast, other ethnic groups - who historically have been living on mostly starches - are often lactose intolerant (including far-east Asians and a few others.) This lactase genetic variation is just one of many genetic variations shaped by our ancestral nutrition patterns.
After the lab recieves your
saliva sample, we extract out your DNA and prepare it to be read out on a "chip" that we in the field call microarray. On these arrays, there are over a million pre-installed marker molecules that once activated by the specific molecule of your DNA, it will emit a fluorescent signal and that will be read as your specific genotype.
Like finding a needle in
a haystack we pre-screen your entire genome for specific genetic markers that we can use to interpret your predisposition for nutritional and metabolic health. However, we are not only doing genetics here; we also take into account your demographics, lifestyle, and personal preferences to provide you with truly personalized guidance to wellness.