Pete Myers is founder, CEO, and chief scientist of Environmental Health Sciences in Charlottesville, Virginia. Former director of the W. Alton Jones Foundation, he is a coauthor of Our Stolen Future (1996), which explores the threats posed by man-made chemical contaminants to fetal development and human health. For more, see www.EnvironmentalHealthNews.org.
Scarcely a week goes by without coverage of a new discovery by scientists revealing that yet another disease is linked to one or another gene. The range of health conditions now known to be gene related is astonishing. Some are just what you would have expected 50 years ago: many cancers, birth defects, obscure metabolic disorders, and diabetes. Others are less obvious, for example, brain disorders like schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease.