Genetic Testing for Healthy Individuals
Experience optimal health at any age
Your DNA provides important information that can influence your health at any stage in life. Use Genomic Inform™, a whole genome test that takes an in-depth look at thousands of your genes, to identify and understand the harmful changes in your DNA, if any. For most people, no harmful changes will be identified. But if they are, the results will enable you to:
Proactively address disease predisposition risk
Half of the annual deaths due to heart disease could be prevented. Early detection of cancer, before it's had a chance to spread, can significantly improve survival rate. Plus there are many other disorders with a genetic component. The Genomic Inform™ test identifies variants that increase your risk of developing these diseases.
Avoid passing a rare disease on to your children
An estimated 25 million or more people in the US suffer from a rare disease. Most are recessive, meaning that two copies of a harmful variant are required to develop the disease. Genomic Inform™ screening can identify whether you and your partner are silent carriers of the same or similar rare disease variant, before passing it on to your child.
Identify which drugs are likely to work for you, or not
Every year billions of prescriptions are written. Yet not all drugs are effective for all individuals. In some cases, genetics plays a role in how likely you are to respond to a particular drug or class of drugs. The Genomic Inform™ test can guide the choice of medication or dosage, helping protect against adverse reactions and ineffective treatment.
All genetic screening tests are not created equal
The direct-to-consumer tests advertised on TV, Facebook and other social media are very limited. They mostly provide recreational information. When they do provide health information, they most often test for only a few, well-characterized variants. Hundreds and even thousands of additional, equally harmful variants go untested. The result is an incomplete assessment of the health-related information in your DNA.
These popular direct-to-consumer tests look at only 0.01% of your DNA. Using whole genome sequencing (WGS), Genomic Inform™ looks at more than 98% of your DNA.
If you have the choice between a genetic test that screens 0.01% of your DNA and a genetic test that screens >98% of your DNA, which would you trust for making decisions about your health?
The result is a significantly more complete analysis of your DNA. Including coverage of disease risk variants for conditions identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as important genome screening applications:
Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
Familial hypercholesterolemia (increased risk for heart disease)
Hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer
As well as disease risk variants for conditions that lead to increased risk of venous thrombosis, myocardial infarction, inflammatory bowel disorders like ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, polycystic kidney disease, age-related macular degeneration and many more.
Genomic Inform™ also provides a more complete analysis for carrier variants. Including coverage of genetic disorders for which screening of all expectant mothers is recommended by both the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG):
Thalassemia and related hemoglobinopathies
Fragile X syndrome
Spinal muscular atrophy
As well as many additional disorders with a high carrier frequency in individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish and other ethnic descents including Tay-Sachs disease, Canavan disease, Familial dysautonomia, Gaucher disease, Nieman-Pick disease, Usher syndrome, Bloom syndrome, Joubert disease and many more. Beyond providing a more complete analysis of disorders like these, Genomic Inform™ additionally identifies carrier variants for disorders that are not considered by other tests including Rubenstein-Taybi syndrome, X-linked agammaglobulinemia, Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome, Lesch-Nyan syndrome and many others.
How the testing process works
Order the Genomic Inform™ test online. We will send you a saliva collection kit and test requisition form
Have questions? Talk with a genetic counselor. Then fill out the test requisition form with your physician and return it with your saliva sample
In ~8 weeks, your personalized report will be ready
Make an informed decision
Genetic testing provides many benefits, but there are limitations and a variety of potential outcomes to consider. While we can’t foretell the future, our genetic counselors are here to help you make the best informed decision. We'll help you understand the following:
Limitations in data accuracy
Potential for emotional stress
Your genome is a lifelong health care resource
Our understanding of variants and their relevance to disease risk grows every year as the number of scientific publications increases.
Likewise, your health situation changes. You may be prescribed new medications. Or a close relative may share news of a newly diagnosed condition that runs in the family.
This is why we automatically reanalyze your data in years two and four. Without collecting a new sample, performing extra sequencing or charging extra fees. This is only possible because your entire DNA has been sequenced.