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Using an evidence based approach, our scientific team and advisors interpret your genetic data to shed light on how your DNA may influence your health. Only the highest calibre studies with sufficient statistical power are used in the development of our genetic tests.

We understand trust and accuracy are very important to you. We operate our own laboratory and have put in place stringent international quality standards.

We have had external validation completed by the Core Facilities-Genome Sequencing Laboratory (CFGSL). Based on CFGSL’s external validation, the ONEdna genotyping accuracy is 99.8%.

  • Cancer Risk screen is optional and recommended only for those with a family history of cancer.

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What Can Our Genes Tell Us?

Genomics is the study of genetics which can be used to help us understand our bodies based on our unique genetic code. While all humans are genetically very similar, we all have slight differences in our genetic profile which set us apart from other people. These tiny variations determine our responses to factors that ultimately influence our health and risk of disease development.

Genes and Health Risk

Health risk describes the likelihood of developing a disease over your lifetime. By studying the human genome, scientists have been able to identify a variety of genes associated with different health conditions. By screening DNA, we assign a genetic risk score to diseases such as heart disease, high cholesterol, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity and stroke. These scores can indicate a reduced, typical, or elevated risk.

Knowing a genetic risk score can help individuals understand the type of lifestyle they need to lead to lower their risk. Studies have found that long-term lifestyle changes can significantly reduce risk. Even though genetics may indicate a risk for developing a disease, your lifestyle drastically influences the development and severity of these diseases.

Genes and Nutrition

Nutrigenomics is the study of nutrition and genetics which helps us discover the different ways that individuals respond to food based on their genetic make-up. While all humans are genetically very similar, we all have slight differences in our genetic code which set us apart from other people. These tiny variations determine the effect that nutrients have on our bodies and how we metabolize the food that we eat.

Personalized nutrition hinges on this two-way relationship between our food and our genes. On the one hand, the foods we eat can affect the way our genes are expressed. On the other, our genes are able to influence how our bodies respond to these foods.

With the advances in nutrigenomics, tailored diets can be developed which complement a person’s unique genetic profile. Not only will this optimize the health of the individual, but it may also work on a larger scale to help prevent society-wide diseases such as obesity, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Genes and Medication

Pharmacogenomics is the combination of pharmacology (science of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes), which provides information about how your genetic profile affects your response to drugs. Pharmacogenomics could help prevent potential adverse reactions to drugs, which could range from wasted time and money to life-threatening events. There are a number of variations in your genes that influence the way you respond to drugs.

Most of these variations have to do with enzymes that metabolize one or more drugs. Some variations could indicate a strong chance that a particular medication will result in toxicity, while other variations could mean the effectiveness of a drug is vastly reduced. Choosing the right drug and dose based on genetic screening results could lead to significant improvements in treatment.

Inherited Cancer

A hereditary cancer is any cancer that is caused by a gene mutation. Cancer genetic screening assesses the likelihood of you developing certain hereditary cancers in your lifetime by analyzing specific changes (or mutations) in your genes. Only cancers for which genetic associations have been widely accepted by the global medical and research community are included in this test.

No genetic screening test can tell you with certainty that you will or will not develop certain cancers. However, understanding your risk profile can help you begin to take steps to lower risk through lifestyle changes, screening, and other options as recommended by your healthcare provider.

Genes Are Not Your Destiny

Our genes and environment both have an essential part to play in our health and our overall wellness. While our genes may help us understand more about our susceptibility to a particular health issue, it is environmental factors such as diet and lifestyle that determine which of the genetically predisposed individuals actually succumb to these health issues. Genetics loads the gun but your diet and lifestyle pull the trigger.