[Text appears on screen: What if we could create diets tailored to your genetic profile?]
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Jane Bowen: I’m Jane and I’m a research dietician at CSIRO. At CSIRO our role is to look at what Australia really needs. Looking into the future, I think we’ve got some really big challenges that we’re going to have to address and I look forward to whatever creative way we come up with resolving the environmental influences that we’re going to have on our food production, and also the growing and ageing population is going to present some pretty unique nutritional challenges for us as researchers.
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But also, I think a really exciting part of what we have in the future coming is personalising an individual’s dietary advice right down to their very own DNA structure and genome.
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So perhaps one day it won’t be a one size fits all approach to a dietary pattern.
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We are really lucky in Australia, I think, to have such a variety of cultural influences on our food supply. We’ve got an incredible array of ingredients and fresh produce and herbs and spices, and I think we’re really fortunate, I love being able to bring all of that home and create new foods, things I haven’t tried before, share it with my kids and explore some of those things together.
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I always wanted to study nutrition at uni, and in order to get there I volunteered at CSIRO during my uni holidays.
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And it was then that I fell in love with the idea of research and what that actually meant on a day to day basis and how you really are at the forefront of purposing new ways of doing things that people actually put into practice.
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It’s what gets me going, it’s what makes me excited about going to work, is to push the boundaries and see what the future holds and try and make it reality.
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