Companies are moving in to offer gene-based nutrition advice, the Wall Street Journal reports.

By examining certain genes, these companies — which include Nutrigenomix, 23andMe, Interleukin Genetics, and Vitagene — tell customers whether they are good metabolizers of, for instance, iron or calcium and offer tweaks customers can make to their diet to make it more efficient and healthful.

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