Analyzing your genetic blueprint with us means that we will generate a Personal Genetic Scan (PG Scan) report for you. We recommend that you start this process sometime in your lifetime, understanding clearly that whatever your current age and health status may be, it is still a good starting point. The younger you are when you start the process - the better the long-term benefits. See Sample Storage/Banking and DNA Editing and Genomic Medicine to get an idea of some of the long-term benefits.
How do you get a Personal Genetic Scan (PG Scan) done?
How much does it cost?
The PG Scan will cost you $320 per sample. This includes kit for sample collection (includes two-way shipping) and free banking/storage of your sample plus the genome analysis as described below in the next section.
What do you get from a Personal Genetic Scan?
Our Personal Genetic Scan (PG Scan) looks at approximately 1.9 million markers distributed throughout your genome. We will evaluate them and provide a summary report called the primary PG Scan report. Please note that we are not performing a diagnostic test or tests for any medical condition nor are we performing a medical test of any type. We are simply running a large set of markers and providing you a summary of the genetic profile found in your DNA, the PG Scan report. This report is for informational purposes and intended only for the personal use of the person whose sample was submitted for the PG Scan. Note that the summary profile (the PG Scan report) will only include information that may be interesting, useful, educational or informative and the total number of markers reported will vary from person to person. Though many markers are used in the scan, not all of them will work all the time for all people nor will most of them provide any useful information other than the normal sequence of DNA as most human beings are very similar to each other (up to 98% similar in many cases). There will be a small number of useful and informative markers that make your genetic profile potentially different and unique and it is these markers that will be reported. This PG Scan report will be simple and easy to understand. You can also download the full scan (all markers that worked and were called) in a standard CSV file format if that is of interest to you. It will be a large file and approximately 50 MB in size. In addition, you can separately download all ancestry related markers (AIMs or Ancestry Information Markers) if you want to do your own ancestry analysis. We do not provide any ancestry analysis. We only provide information on the presence or absence of genetic markers that are linked directly or indirectly to some health/wellness or other related condition and is recorded as being relevant to that condition as reported in the medical or scientific literature or through information in a public databases (see Markers and related information).
If anything of interest is found while doing the analysis to create the primary Personal Genetic Scan (the primary PG Scan) report, we will flag it and provide you with links to next level information. The primary PG Scan report provided to you will summarize the entire analysis and flag only items that are of some significance. In other words, if your genotypes are similar to normal genotypes, it is not necessary to indicate that “nothing was found”. You can be assured that we will look through all the relevant markers that were run. If something is found that is interesting, useful, educational or informative, we feel that we should flag it and provide you that information. It is always a good idea to confirm most information through a second opinion particularly if the information is concerning to you. Keep in mind that just because you have a genetic mutation, a predisposition marker or a rare genetic condition indication, it does not necessarily mean that you will get a disease or will have any immediate health consequences. It simply means that you should consider getting a second opinion (as mentioned above) and also seek advice from your healthcare provider or a genetic counselor. If you do not have a genetic counselor, you can find them through the NSGC website that covers all the States in the USA and also Canada. You should also check with your local hospital or your family physician or the specialist you have been seeing (for any specific condition). A sample primary PG Scan report can be viewed here.
Why keep your PG Scan report up to date? Just like you would evaluate your weight, cholesterol, PSA levels, mammogram, or colonoscopy data; it may be important to have your genetic blueprint evaluated periodically. Some genetic mutations are picked up over time (acquired or somatic mutations) and genomic rearrangements are common in several types of cancers. Your doctor may take biopsies to do this today and they send out the samples for several types of analysis including DNA analysis. We expect that you will see some changes that are telltale warning signs if you can compare your current data to a reference genetic blueprint done at some point in your life. Also, updates on conditions and markers connected to those conditions will be available and may offer new information. Even if genetic data was not generated from a sample, having a sample stored at different time points in your life may be worth the effort. If your doctor or other healthcare professional advises you to do a genome analysis at some point in your life, then a previously stored sample can be analyzed along with a current sample to determine if changes have occurred. Therefore, sample storage/banking is an integral part of what we recommend that you should do even if you do not perform a genetic evaluation of any type. Note that we will send your samples to you should you need it at any time. Learn more about Sample Storage, which is also called Sample Banking and how DNA Editing and Genomic Medicine might help you now and in the future by following the links shown above.