Thu 30 July 2009, The Times
Consumer genomics: your genes don't change, but your disease risk still might
By Mark Henderson
When I had my genome scanned a year and a half ago , using deCODEme's direct-to-consumer genotyping service , the results suggested by lifetime risk of having a heart attack was slightly higher than usual, at 1.12 times the average. When I logged on to my profile again today, though, I discovered that my chances of developing the same condition now appear to have shot up: my relative risk is now 1.28, giving me a 62.7 lifetime risk of having a heart attack. What might I have done in the past 18 months to explain this revised prognosis?