Kazakh scientists make strides in identifying genetic predisposition to disease

ASTANA – The National Centre for Biotechnology recently discussed advances in identifying diseases at the genetic level.

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“We find out disorders through DNA and this allows us to take timely measures. At a genetic level, we can determine such socially important diseases as oncology, cardiovascular diseases metabolic syndrome and metabolic disorders,” said head of the centre’s laboratory Elena Zholdybayeva.

Zholdybayeva stressed that the ability to determine predisposition to diseases at an earlier age is a big advantage in dealing with them.

“If there are any disorders in the coded area of DNA, the doctor has the opportunity to make correct and timely prescriptions and recommendations. It is necessary to conduct research to reduce the risk of specific diseases,” she said.

She noted that creating a full genetic passport is expensive. However, it is possible to conduct an analysis of some of its positions, especially to identify hereditary diseases.

An individual genetic passport contains information on the predisposition to various diseases and recommendations on the types of physical activity based on genetic analyses. The presence of such a passport and the recommendations of specialists will allow a patient to lead a healthy lifestyle that corresponds to his individual genetic characteristics.

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