The rise of nutrigenomics

  • First isolation of DNA

    First isolation of DNA
    From a pus-filled bandage, Swiss doctor Friedrich Miescher isolates DNA for the first time. He calls it "nuclein".
  • Watson & Crick and their double helix

    Watson & Crick and their double helix
    Nature, Volume 171, Pages 737-738, James Watson and Francis Crick publish "The Molecular structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid". There was no looking back for genetics...
  • Nutrigenomic companies appear

    Nutrigenomic companies appear
    California based Galileo Laboratories becomes the first nutrogenomics company in 1997.
    Shortly afterwards, Wellgen spins off from Rutgers University in 1997, but development did not begin in earnest until 1999.
    More companies follow...
  • Let's talk 'Nutrigenomics'

    Let's talk 'Nutrigenomics'
    From nutritional genomics, the term 'nutrigenomics' begins circulating amongst the scientific community. It is first used publically by Nancy Fogg-Johnson and Alex Merolli in 1999 for publication in the March 2000 issue of NutraCeuticals World
  • US nutrigenomics center opens

    US nutrigenomics center opens
    The National Center of Excellence in Nutritional Genomics was established in 2003 to explore the links between diet, genes and diseases in minority populations.
    The center at the University of California, Davis, and the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) was supported by a five-year, $6.5 million grant from NIH.
  • Human genome published

    Started in 1990, the Human Genome Project was completed in 2003. The project was initially scheduled to last 15 years, but rapid technological advances accelerate completion by two years.
  • NuGo born

    NuGo born
    The European Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO) comes into being, evolving from a European-funded Network of Excellence.
    The project was funded until June 2010, and is now an association of universities and research institutes expanding to global dimensions.
  • DSM invests in nutrigenomics

    DSM's interest in nutrigenomics gets serious when DSM Venturing invested in the Connecticut, US based company Sciona, seen by many as an important player in the growing nutrigenomics field.
  • New Scientist questions personalised nutrition testing

    An article in New Scientist claimed that companies offering personalised nutrition testing are jumping the gun because the science behind nutrigenomics is not enough to support the claims.
  • Nestle teams up with genomics super-league

    Nestle teams up with genomics super-league
    Nestlé Research Center joined the industrial platform of the Kluyver Centre for Genomics of Industrial Fermentation, Netherlands. The world's biggest food company joined the likes of Akzo Nobel DSM, Friesland Foods, Heineken, Purac, and Tate & Lyle to take advantage of new discoveries made in the field of genomics.
  • UC Berkeley scientists predict human genome texts within 5 years

    UC Berkeley scientists predict human genome texts within 5 years
    Researchers at University of California (UC) Berkeley state that ready-to-buy human genome tests would be available for purchase for $100 within five years.
  • Metabolic typing promises personalised nutrition advance

    Metabolic typing promises personalised nutrition advance
    A study funded through NuGO and led by scientists from the ZIEL Research Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences in Germany reported the application of metabolomics to identify individual metabolic ‘types’. The researchers said they hope to be able to divide the population into metabolic “types”: an important step towards personalized nutrition.
  • Nutrigenomic foods fill supermarket shelves?

    Nutrigenomic foods fill supermarket shelves?
    We always seem to be 5 to 10 years away from having genome-specific foods appearing on shelves. Will we see commercial and mainstream nutrigenomic-based products by 2015?