As market forces shift consumer choices, Nestle wants YOUR DNA

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The latest company hoping on the bandwagon for personalized nutrition?

Nestle SA.

Nestle is interested in your DNA in order in an effort to take advantage of a growing trend of consumers seeking slightly healthier options when it comes to food.

The company sold off its United States candy unit due to a falling demand for sugary treats.

Now, the company will be using DNA testing in an effort to gather data about customers’ wellness and diet.

More from Bloomberg:

Nestle SA, the world’s largest food company, has joined the trend for personalized nutrition with a blend of artificial intelligence, DNA testing and the modern obsession with Instagramming food. The program, begun in aging Japan, could provide the Swiss company with a wealth of data about customers’ wellness and diet as it pivots toward consumers who are seeking to improve their health and longevity.

You can read the entire article here.


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How DNA science assisted the identification process following September 11th, 2001

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By NICK SLOAN

Over 2,700 people were killed on September 11, 2001. 

Adding even more sorrow to the tragic events in New York City that day was the fact it took months – and in some cases years – for families to receive final closure. 

Due to the damage caused at Ground Zero from  water, mold, bacteria, fire and jet fuel, the challenge of identifying the remains was very difficult, according to Mark Desire of the Office of the City Medical Examiner in New York City. 

“Fire, water, sunlight and mold and bacteria and jet fuel — all of these things destroy DNA, and I just mentioned everything that was present at Ground Zero, so this was extremely challenging,” he told The New York Post in an interview. 

The Post article details the incredible science that went with the process of identifying the remains, including a way to draw blood from bone. 

You can read more here: https://nypost.com/2018/08/29/inside-the-groundbreaking-science-to-identify-every-last-9-11-victim/


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Genetics are not the reason, but an excuse: My 300-pound weight loss story

 

In one of the most popular episodes of our Genetic Jackpot Podcast, Shannon spoke to Emily Brown of Genetic Garden about how your genetics can impact your diet and overall health.

First, I would recommend listening to it and consider it. It’s a good interview and it’s a subject that’s worth exploring for a few reasons:

1. There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that genetics can have an impact on obesity. Whether it’s family history or how you behave, there are plenty of credible studies to suggest there’s a link – ranging from various institutions, including the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. You can read more here.

2. There’s also growing evidence to suggest that genes may be linked to the type of food you like – and obviously, that shapes your diet. If you hate vegetables, that may discourage a vegan or vegetarian diet. If your body does not react well to meat, it’s the other way around – you’re most likely going that route.

3. Obesity is the single most important health issue facing the United States. It adds billions of dollars in health care costs every year. The military is having issues expanding its size due to possible recruits being out of shape. Obesity is a national security issue and an issue that needs to be address. Any possible solution or theory that brings the topic of weight management up is crucial and needed.

With that said, however, I’d like to propose this: While genes can be a reason for obesity, they are not THE reason.

About six years ago, I weighed over 550 pounds. I wore size 56 pants. I wore 4XL – 5XL shirts.

As of today, I have lost over 300 pounds. At one point, I had dropped 327 pounds, but I have gained some back in the form of muscle following a four-month weight-lifting program.

Now, I have not taken a DNA test for various reasons. I don’t know if I have the obesity gene or not.

But I can tell you this – it did not matter if you make dieting, exercise and weight loss a life choice. If I have the obesity gene, magically it did not matter these past six years because I’ve been shredding weight and fat.

If you’ve seen the movie Back to the Future, think of genetics like you might time traveling – your future is not pre-determined. You may have some disadvantages, but you also have some advantages.

Before and after our interview with Emily, I spoke about my weight loss journey and shared some of my story on this podcast. I also wrote a book earlier this year about weight loss.

I explore some of those themes below. If you enjoy this podcast, check out our other episodes below.


Listen to The Genetic Jackpot Podcast! Episodes below.

You can also listen on our iTunes page here

Episode 9: Exploring the link between weight loss, diet and genetics

Episode 8: The backlog of thousands of untested rape kits

Episode 7: Chicago news anchor’s journey to Africa for answers

Episode 6: Helping younger generations become aware of DNA

Episode 5: DNA’s Role in the Golden State Killer Case

Episode 4: Opening up the “Pandora’s Box”

Episode 3: Pets and DNA

Episode 2: To test or not to test?

Episode 10: How secure is your genetic information online?

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Data breaches are all too common today, ranging from retails to credit companies.

In June, we learned that MyHeritage had a data breach that impacted 92 million users. How serious was the database breach and how can you fight back and prevent the damage?

In this episode, we talk to Burton Kelso, a cyber-security and technology expert out of Kansas City to discuss data breaches and possible solutions.

Listen to The Genetic Jackpot Podcast! Previous episodes are below.

You can also listen on our iTunes page here

Episode 9: Exploring the link between weight loss, diet and genetics

Episode 8: The backlog of thousands of untested rape kits

Episode 7: Chicago news anchor’s journey to Africa for answers

Episode 6: Helping younger generations become aware of DNA

Episode 5: DNA’s Role in the Golden State Killer Case

Episode 4: Opening up the “Pandora’s Box”

Episode 3: Pets and DNA

Episode 2: To test or not to test?

Episode #1: An introduction to The Genetic Jackpot

New genetics technology could lead to fresher food

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By NICK SLOAN, Genetic Jackpot

One of the drawbacks to buying fresh vegetables and fresh fruit compared to their frozen counterparts is the fact they spoil quicker.

That could change in the future in part due to a new agreement between J.R. Simplot Company, DowDuPont Inc. and the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University regarding gene editing tools.

According to the company, the gene editing software could keep food such as potatoes and strawberries fresher and reduce the rate of when they spoil.

“We’re excited to add CRISPR-Cas9 technology to our platform of tools aimed at providing more sustainable produce for the industry,” said Susan Collinge PhD, Vice President of Simplot Plant Sciences, in a statement.  “These pioneering tools may enable growers to achieve higher yields on less land resulting in fewer pesticides, water and labor needs while extending the quality of a consumer’s favorite foods.”

More here: 


 

Listen to The Genetic Jackpot Podcast! Episodes below.

You can also listen on our iTunes page here

Episode 9: Exploring the link between weight loss, diet and genetics

Episode 8: The backlog of thousands of untested rape kits

Episode 7: Chicago news anchor’s journey to Africa for answers

Episode 6: Helping younger generations become aware of DNA

Episode 5: DNA’s Role in the Golden State Killer Case

Episode 4: Opening up the “Pandora’s Box”

Episode 3: Pets and DNA

Episode 2: To test or not to test?

Episode #1: An introduction to The Genetic Jackpot

DNA could lead to justice for boy robbed at North Carolina lemonade stand

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By NICK SLOAN, Genetic Jackpot

DNA has helped crack numerous unsolved murder cases and rape cases across the country.

Then there’s this – it could play a hand in finding the suspect who robbed a 9-year-old child who was operating a lemonade stand in North Carolina.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office said the boy was held up by a teenager late last week, netting the crook a grand total of $17.

So far, authorities have discovered evidence, including a hat, BB pistol and a metal cash box. The box is being tested for fingerprints and DNA, The New York Post reports.

Here’s the full press release from the sheriff’s office in Monroe, NC:

Union County Sheriff’s Deputies are pursuing leads in connection with a robbery occurring at the roundabout near the entrance to St. John’s Forest around 3:00 pm yesterday. Deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery involving a 9 year old boy selling lemonade.

The boy was allegedly approached by a teenage black male suspect wearing a camo hat and black shirt. The suspect allegedly stuck a black handgun to the boy’s stomach, demanded money and fled the scene on foot.

While searching the area for the suspect, deputies located a trail in the woods where a camo hat, a black colored BB handgun and the stolen metal tin were recovered. Deputies believe the suspect left a bicycle and walked from there to the lemonade stand before the robbery.

If anyone has information that might assist detectives in this matter, please notify the Sheriff’s Office or Union County Crimestoppers.

Episode 9: Exploring the link between weight loss, diet and genetics

How important are your genes when it comes to fitting in your jeans? In this week’s episode of Genetic Jackpot, we explore how genes can impact obesity and the food you like.

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We speak to Emily Brown of Genetic Garden about how your genes, diet and overall health can be connected.

We also have a discussion about the obesity gene and while it may exist, it doesn’t serve as a permanent road map to your life and Nick shares his story of his 320-pound weight loss journey.

PREVIOUS EPISODES

Episode 8: The backlog of thousands of untested rape kits

Episode 7: Chicago news anchor’s journey to Africa for answers

Episode 6: Helping younger generations become aware of DNA

Episode 5: DNA’s Role in the Golden State Killer Case

Episode 4: Opening up the “Pandora’s Box”

Episode 3: Pets and DNA

Episode 2: To test or not to test?

Episode #1: An introduction to The Genetic Jackpot