From finding your ancestry and long lost relatives, genetic engineering of food and the advent of personalized medicine, genetics is becoming a topic hard to ignore.
Genetic and genomic applications have increasingly come into broad use in everyday lives since the human genome was sequenced in the early 2000s.
The Ozark Regional Library is hosting Dr. Ingrid Borecki via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for individuals to learn about the topic and to ask questions.
Borecki has more than 35 years of experience in statistical and genetic analysis of complex human traits, integrating epidemiologic, biometrical, genomic, and bioinformatic approaches. She was professor of Genetics and Biostatistics at Washington University School of Medicine and for most of her career focused her research on the genetic underpinnings of cardiovascular disease, obesity, metabolic disorders, and fatty liver disease.
“I spent most of my career in heart disease,” Borecki said. “It’s a number one killer in the United States and it’s got many causes.”
Borecki said if they can understand the underlined genetic causes then they can tell which patients have problem with clotting, lipid problems, etc.
“This is the whole idea behind personalized medicine,” Borecki said. “What we want to do is prevent the outcome not just save them once they’ve had a heart attack. We want to manage them while they are still healthy to keep them healthy. That’s the kind of work that I’ve been engaged in.”