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Can your DNA help you to make healthier food choices?

Can your DNA help you to make healthier food choices?

The NHS is trialling an app which claims to analyse people's DNA to help them eat more healthily.

Researchers at Imperial College London will study the effects of DNA-personalised food choices on pre-type 2 diabetes patients.

Some experts warn that the science the apps are based on is at "too early" a stage for individual risks to be predicted.

The Crowne-Spencer family have been trying out the app during their weekly shop.

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'Super poo donors' wanted

Michelle Roberts

Health editor, BBC News online

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Claudia Campenella, 31, works as a student support administrator at a UK university, and in her spare time she is a poo donor.

"Some of my friends think it is a bit weird or disgusting, but it doesn't worry me. It's very easy to donate and I just want to help with medical research. I'm glad to contribute."

Her faeces, teeming with "good" bugs, will be put into the bowel of a sick patient to help their poorly gut get better.

Claudia knows her donation is extremely useful - that is why she does it - but is her poo extra special?

Scientists believe some people's poo might contain an ideal mix of healing bacteria to fix gut diseases, making them super-donors.

Dr Julie McDonald, a microbiome expert at Imperial College London, has been studying how to boost the success rate of stool transplants.

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