OREGON (NBC News) — Near the elevators of Oregon Health and Science University’s Knight Cancer Research Building, you won’t find Doritos or Coca-Cola inside the vending machines.
You’ll find DNA kits instead.
The idea behind the vending machines started about a year ago.
The DNA kits are a unique way for researchers to learn more about how behaviors, lifestyle and genetics play a role in a person’s risk for cancer.
It’s more than a DNA kit. The Healthy Oregon Project app also lets anyone who downloads it fill out surveys that give researchers a better understanding about how lifestyle factors contribute to the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. The app will also give you important information as well.
“I think it’s a really novel opportunity to think about what is the population level risk of having these different genetic mutations. I think it’s exciting to provide that information to people,” explains OHSU’s Dr. Jackilen Shannon.
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