Nobel winner eyes genetics
Nobel winner eyes genetics

WA's Nobel Laureate scientist Barry Marshall has found out, thanks to gene mapping, he has twice the risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease and a 20 per cent chance of going bald - but he is not fussed.

While Professor Marshall made his name investigating bacteria that causes stomach ulcers, he is now a passionate advocate for the science of genomics, likening its impact on the world to the industrial revolution.

During a speech at the National Press Club in Canberra yesterday, Professor Marshall predicted that everyone would soon be able to find out their own genetic blueprint for as little $200.

This could lead to earlier detection of health risks and diseases, save money on medical bills, eradicate some diseases - and even revolutionise matchmaking.

Professor Marshall, who is having his genome sequenced by a Perth lab, said one of the community's biggest concerns about genetics, that insurance companies would use the information to deny people cover, was unfounded.

The West Australian

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