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Working with experts in the field of genomics, through the Cambridge University Enterprise Scheme, we use whole genome sequencing as the basis for a detailed genetic analysis. We provide a clear and relevant report, supporting clinicians to develop effective health and wellness plans for each of their patients.
Our team is here to guide you through the report, and available as
an ongoing resource, should you need it.
Our comprehensive analysis covers the following topics:
We use a curated database of over a million variants to perform a top down screening of the whole genome for pathogenic, disease causing mutations. Here we are looking for specific genetic variants that have been specifically documented to be disease causing. Since we look at so many variants, it’s practical to only report any positive findings.
Key genes and
We look in detail at a number of key genes and markers, including the full 59 genes classified as reportable by the American College of Medical Genetics, and a number of other genetic positions that we’ve curated ourselves. For this analysis, since we are selecting a small number of potentially highly impactful loci to analyse, we report negative findings as well as any positives, contributing to added peace of mind.
In reality most genetic diseases are not caused by a single mutation. We look at the cumulative effect of multiple genetic markers on a particular condition or trait to provide risk scores in over 50 areas – from cholesterol to cancer – placing each patient’s score within a population for context. And we’re adding new markers and conditions to our analysis all the time.
We can help you to better understand how each person will metabolise different drugs. This allows clinicians to prescribe with greater accuracy, reduce trial and error and fine tune the dosage, as well as avoiding drug toxicity and making individuals aware of their drug risks.
By revealing the genetics that contribute to athletic performance and affect how we absorb and metabolise food, drink, vitamins and minerals, our analysis can help individuals live a healthier life in a way that’s tailored to their needs.
We can analyse people’s ancestry and the genes that determine their physical appearance and characteristics, allowing them to learn more about themselves and where they come from.
Reality: Genetics is a key tool for clinicians to include in a work-up of a person’s health, just like a blood test or a scan.
Reality: We will not sell your data. Sadly, this is something that other DNA testing companies often do ask you to agree to, usually buried in the small print, so if you choose to use another provider please read through their terms and conditions very carefully to be sure. Some insurance companies do ask you to declare whether you’ve had a genetic test for certain conditions. This is becoming the subject of regulation and is an evolving field.
Reality: We require only a simple saliva sample.
Reality: The whole genome contains around 10 million pages of information. A cheaper genetic test may cover the equivalent of only a couple of hundred pages. We’ll let you be the judge of which approach is more likely to help you manage your health.
Reality: Research in genetics is continually evolving, so while the genome won’t change, we can ask more questions about it all the time. Consequently, we can re-look at your genome sequence in light of new research.
Reality: It’s up to the individual and the clinician to decide together what is reported. The clinician should be there to make sure that the individual understands the process at every step, and to provide support in case of any adverse results.
Reality: Genetics is usually not diagnostic. Rather, like most tests ordered by a clinician, genetic analysis provides more information about a person that should be used as part of a full work-up to help better manage healthcare and promote wellness.
Reality: You can certainly find out that kind of information, and it can be fun. But there’s also a more serious side, in helping to prevent serious illness.