Expectations and Disappointments of the Human Genome: The Genomics Health Card and Anti Obesity Pills

  • Michiel KorthalsEmail author
Part of the The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics book series (LEAF, volume 18)


Knowledge of the human genome has great potential for human health. It may help us understand the origins of diseases and tackle these more precisely by using medicines that work at DNA level. This has also for the nutritional sciences great potential. For decades now epidemiologists have tried to find links between health and food. Research at genome level may help to reveal the relation between these two. It could track the origins of diseases and help prevent them. It may also prove the healthy influence of nutrients. However, this potential is overshadowed by the enormous complexities surrounding the genome and the possible applications of genomics and nutrigenomics.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied PhilosophyWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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