We are what we eat. Nutrigenomics, the study of diet-gene interaction, can tell us about the effect our diet has on our genes and therefore provides scientific evidence for a healthy diet. Lipogenesis, the process by which fatty acids are produced from carbohydrates, is being studied at the molecular level. Ultimately the results obtained will provide data for creating tailor-made diets and therapeutic drug targets for the treatment and prevention of obesity, hyperlipidaemia, atherosclerosis and insulin resistance. In another project we use a yeast-based assay system to monitor the effect of food and beverages on genome stability which is known to be a contributory factor to colon cancer.
In this context we have demonstrated that tea-drinking may be beneficial to the integrity of the genetic material.