Linking genetics and nutrition – aiming to improve human health
A very interesting interview by Fabio Virgili and Giuditta Perozzi (Senior Scientists at the Food and Nutrition Research Centre in Rome, Italy) on the progress of Genetics & Nutrition and the connection between them. Their latest efforts in launching an open access journal, namely Genes & Nutrition, examines the relationship between genetics and nutrition, with the ultimate goal of improving human health. The two scientists remark that this upcoming scientific field has progressed tremendously over the last decades. They note that the first real revolution occurred in the ’80s, when it was shown that some genes depend on dietary molecules for their regulation, a concept that nobody would have ever expected at that time. We now start to understand ‘what is inside us’ and how to make it work better. We must face the evidence that human beings are metabolically unique, which means that ‘tailored nutrition’ is the best way to improve human health. Population studies are getting outdated!
The interview begins with the following question and corresponding answer that is worthy of attention:
“What inspired your interest in food and nutrition research?
Let us quote the statements by two ancient gentlemen: the first one, named Hippocrates (4th century B.C.) said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. The second one, Tito Lucretius Caro, in the first century B.C. said “what is food to one man, may be fierce poison to others”.
Believe it or not, the ancient thoughts expressed by these old gentlemen perfectly fit with the most recent nutrigenomic tenets. So, we can say that we were fascinated and seduced, just like they were in the far past, by the complexity of the relationship between nutrition and health.
Their intuitions still hold, but we can now explain their scientific basis. Our initial fascination was further corroborated by the most recent advancement in genetics and genomics, which opened novel, original avenues for nutrition research. Why then should we not dedicate our professional life to this topic?”
Read more: BioMed Central – The Open Access Publisher
Authors: Aleksandra Berezowska, Arnout R. H. Fischer, Amber Ronteltap, Ivo A. van der Lans and Hans C. M. van Trijp
Source: Genes & Nutrition Journal
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