Research may soon let scientists predict predisposition to diseases

After 15 years of study, scientists are close to predict what illnesses could develop in patients

Probably about 20 øre (photo: iStock)
August 1st, 2014 2:32 pm| by admin
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

A new study, based on 6.2 million Danish patients, could soon allow scientists to predict what illnesses each individual is predisposed to face in the future.

Scientists from the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark analysed the national health registry, that includes medical consultations and hospitalisations from 1996 to 2010, and this data allowed them to map the development of diseases.

A large network created to illustrate the diseases' routes also let them trace the secondary complications common in patients affected by diabetes.

The research has been presented during the Euroscience Open Forum 2014 in Copenhagen. "Here we can see which diseases affect each patient and in what order. This gives us new knowledge about the ways illnesses develop,” said leading author, Professor Søren Brunak.

Combine with DNA sequencing
It is the first time that this kind of study has been conducted on an entire population, and was made possible because the scientists were granted access to all patient data from the registry.

By the combination of this study with DNA sequencing, which is the ultimate goal, information about genetic diseases will be revealed.

Brunak concluded that, excluding contingent illnesses caused by lifestyle, "if we can map the part of the genome that tells us about diseases, we can predict which diseases a patient is genetically predisposed to."

Don't fence me in: Homeowners are restricting access to beaches (photo:  Tomasz Sienicki)
Homeowners making it hard for others to go to the beach
  Beachfront homeowners who have placed rocks, piers, concrete wall...
So do I make stegt flæsk or beef stroganov out of the invaders? (photo: US Navy)
Russia disputes Denmark’s Arctic claim
Russia has submitted a claim for additional territories along the continent...
In 2012 hackers accessed millions of confidential files (photo: iStock)
IT experts: National police still at risk from hackers
Three years after Denmark’s most devastating hacker attack, during which ...
He's baaaaack! (photo: Staff Sgt. Eric Wilson, Texas Military Forces)
Goldman Sachs ready to disclose DONG info
The senior management of Goldman Sachs has said the finance minister, Claus...
Train service to Copenhagen's main station is disrupted this morning
Person hit by train at Nørreport Station, morning commute affected
Train service in the Capital Region has been disrupted this morning due to ...
Danish municipalities have used words like ‘parasitic’ or ‘spoiled’ when describing autistic people (photo: iStock)
Parents of autistic children feel violated by public employees
Parents of autistic children in Denmark feel badly treated and often violat...