Scientific studies have correlated DNA double-strand breaks with some cancers, accelerated aging, neurodegenerative disorders, and many other serious medical conditions. Exogen expects that their technology will one day provide valuable health information to the public for the detection and prevention of some of these diseases. With this campaign, Exogen supporters gain early informational access to this technology that is not yet available to the general public. Contributors are asked to provide information about their age, geography, lifestyle, environment and medical history. This information will allow Exogen to determine which diseases and factors have the strongest association with DNA damage.
Exogen is now expanding their campaign internationally after seeing strong support within the US. “It would be interesting to see if there is a bias for more DNA damage in individuals with the same age, gender and ethnicity, but living in different countries. By using the same technology to measure both cohorts, we expect to have fascinating data that can improve the public health”, says Exogen co-founder
The campaign has recently attracted national interest within
Monitoring exposure to ionizing radiation is one future application that Exogen is actively working on. For example: “We think measuring DNA damage before and right after getting medical imaging, as a standard practice for CT scans, would help hospitals identify if patients are accidentally overexposed to ionizing radiation. Similarly, our kit could be easily deployed in areas hit by environmental disasters, such as Fukushima, to identify people who may need immediate medical attention due to severe DNA damage,” says Costes.
To view Exogen's DNA health monitoring campaign, please visit: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/exogen-bio-how-damaged-is-your-dna
About Exogen Biotechnology
Exogen Biotechnology is a health startup aimed at developing cutting-edge technologies for individuals to monitor damage to their DNA and to assess their DNA repair capacities for the purposes of personalized and preventive health care.
To learn more about Exogen Biotechnology, visit their website at http://www.exogenbio.com.
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/02/prweb11577904.htm
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