At one point in our lives we have all heard genes play a large part in our destiny. Yet we have seen or heard of identical twins who have gone to live extremely different lives. It is quite evident that our genes aren’t everything. Indeed the unprecedentedly increasing rates of obesity and diabetes in Australia clearly demonstrate that our choices in diet and sedentary lifestyles are impacting our health.
In 1945, Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin, already noticed bacteria’s ominous ability to acquire resistance to the antibiotic that saved so many lives. At the time, he even warned that overuse of penicillin would lead to more people dying from infections that are impervious to the revolutionary treatment.
$6.4 Million Grant Funds Study Glaucoma in African-Americans
A study led by Robert N. Weinreb, chairman and Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, has received a $6.4 million, 5-year grant from the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, to elucidate the genetics of glaucoma in persons of African descent.