Epigenetics and Insurtech Update Week of 6-18-2018

Sorry for the absence in posts…. I had a number of personal and business distractions.

NYTimes: Are Genetic Testing Sites the New Social Networks?

Finding new cousins and relatives has never been more fun. But finding a new father or mother? That may be interesting for some, unsettling for others.

CNBC.com: 5 biggest risks of sharing your DNA with consumer genetic-testing companies

Every choice we make has trade-offs. The article seems to make big deal out of nothing. For example, risk #4, law enforcement may get your DNA – what are they going to do – arrest you for having the MRS7 genetic mutation? Why exactly is the risk, unless of course you commit a crime.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/16/5-biggest-risks-of-sharing-dna-with-consumer-genetic-testing-companies.html

Excerpt from new book: Can a Parent’s Life Experience Change the Genes a Child Inherits?

Read about the discovery of the flower Peloria in 1742, and how scientists today find that a heavy coating of methyl groups prevent the flower’s gene-reading molecules from reading it, and therefore differ from regular toadflax. Or how physiological changes traced to the 94 men of the fishing village of Överkalix, Sweden were related to their environment and epigenetics. Epigenetic heredity is the sum total of our environmental experience.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/06/mothers-laugh-excerpt/562478/

Free From Legacy Baggage, Asian Insurtech Firms Are Reimagining The Insurance Industry

Insurance is one of the oldest modern industries. Most policies sold today are still based on concepts of coverage and pricing invented centuries ago, by early insurance companies in England and continental Europe. Now the industry is being re-invented… read on!!

https://www.forbes.com/sites/vinnielauria/2018/06/20/free-from-legacy-baggage-asian-insurtech-firms-are-reimagining-the-insurance-industry/#2d571a2b72af

Singularity: How Artificial Intelligence Could Help Us Live Longer

Learn about “longevity escape velocity”— the point at which, for every year that you’re alive, science is able to extend your life for more than a year – that is the promise of massive datasets, skyrocketing computational power, quantum computing, cognitive surplus capabilities and remarkable innovations in AI.

How Artificial Intelligence Could Help Us Live Longer