The first environment-wide association study conducted by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine is revealed to have developed a fast new method to discern which foreign chemicals in the body leads in major complex diseases, and used it to observe the widely prevalent type 2 diabetes.
By scanning a sample of genomes from several individuals, researchers can grab links among genetic variations and particular diseases.
These genome-wide association observed as a part of the study has clarified some of the genes that play a role in predisposing people for rheumatoid arthritis, bipolar disorder, Crohn's disease, diabetes and other disorders thereby outlining the path for new study and better treatments.
The new method, framed by Butte, his graduate student Chirag Patel, and Stanford professor of medicine Jayanta Bhattacharya, mimics that approach for environmental factors.
Environmental factors, such as diet and chemical exposure, is revealed to be the most vital factors involved in knowing a person's susceptibility for various diseases. However, these factors have long been overlooked claiming them as nuance and variable to measure with the same specificity as genetics.
"Everyone's been focused on the genetic causes of the disease," quoted Atul Butte, an assistant professor of biomedical informatics and pediatrics at Stanford.