The Future of Nutrigenomics
From the Lab to the Dining Room
The dramatic scientific advances of the Human Genome Project—the mapping of the entire human genome—are revolutionizing the way we think about health, illness, and disease prevention. Not only do advances in genomics increase our understanding of the inherited basis of disease, allow us to develop new drugs with specific molecular targets, and help us to understand why drugs are more effective or more toxic in people with certain genetic characteristics, they also promise to revolutionize our understanding of nutrition and how people differ in their response to nutrients. This is the study of nutrigenomics, and the purview of the Institute for the Future’s (IFTF) New Consumer, New Genetics (NCNG) Program.