Uncover Your DNA Profile with DNA-me™ Test Kit
Through a discovery of more than 700 genes, DNA-me™ screens a total of 32 traits to give you insights about your overall health and wellness, namely Nutrition, Fitness and Skin.
Through this DNA test, you will find out the following:
– How your body processes nutrients from your diet,
– How your body responds towards fitness training and,
– How your skin changes over time
Together with customised solutions 100% personalised for you, you can be in better control of your health for the long-term right at your fingertips. Understand your body at a genetic level like never before and optimise your lifestyle with solutions 100% personalised for you.
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What is DNA?
DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid, which is a double-helix molecule structure that contains our unique genetic information. It is built with four types of bases – Adenine (A), Thymine (T), Guanine (G), and Cytosine (C). The order of these bases holds instructions for a living organism to develop, grow, live and reproduce; and such instructions are considered hereditary information as they are passed from parent to children.
What makes you different from him and her
A genome is composed of a complete set of DNA of any living organism. Although the genome of every individual is similar, minor differences do exist and they are termed as genetic variations. They are responsible for our physical appearances and health status, which makes each and every one of us unique.
The most common genetic variation is known as Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP). It represents the existence of a different single letter found in a DNA sequence of an individual, when compared to others. Referring to the example below, Order 1 differs from Order 2 by a single letter. This minor difference is associated with or affects physical appearance, genetic susceptibility to health conditions, response to drugs or vitamins, and so forth.
Wellness Genomics and the science behind it
Wellness Genomics is the science behind the identification of links between genetic variations present in your DNA and specific wellness traits. Genetic variations associated with decreased levels of an essential vitamin or mineral indicate risk for potential micronutrient deficiency.
For example, an individual with a higher genetics-based risk for a deficiency in vitamin D is encouraged to consume foods rich in vitamin D, monitor vitamin D level, and speak to a nutritionist or healthcare provider about vitamin D supplementation.
While it is important to follow general recommendations for all essential minerals and vitamins, it is as important to monitor those which you possess elevated genetics-based risks.
Your reports are generated by our Computational Genomics platform that provides the most rigorous science currently available to analyse genetics-based wellness. It is based on over a decade of highly curated global scientific research. When reading your report, do note that most wellness traits are influenced by three factors:
– Your genetics
– Your nurture environment (ages 0-7) and,
– Your current lifestyle choices.
As such, genetics is not the only determinant for the actual presence of a trait. Genetic predispositions can only tell you the statistical likelihood of being predisposed to a particular trait, such as vitamin deficiency or skin youthfulness.
How accurate is the DNA-me™ test?
DNA-me™ is developed in conjunction with Imagene Labs, a qualified genetics partner with Singapore Ministry of Health license and College of American Pathologists (CAP) and ISO17025:2005 accreditations.
Your saliva sample is processed by scientists in Imagene Labs’ genetics laboratory to extract your DNA. We use Illumina DNA microarray technology, which is developed in collaboration with several leading research institutions, to analyse your sample.
This chip contains highly-informative genome markers found across diverse world populations, and allows us to quickly and easily sample your DNA for unique genetic dispositions to various wellness traits. Your sample is then scanned on the Illumina iScan microarray, which is a robust platform that provides reproducible and high-quality genotype data.
Samples run within our lab have demonstrated a 99.5% level of concordance, as compared to other diagnostic accredited facilities. This high level of concordance gives us the confidence that we are processing DNA samples according to stringent and exacting quality standards that are required of a medical diagnostic laboratory. We continually strive to keep up with the latest developments in the field of Wellness Genomics, to provide you with the most up-to-date information.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find my swab kit ID?
Swab kit ID can be found on a barcode sticker pasted on each collection tube.
When is the best time to collect my DNA sample?
Anytime of the day! Just ensure that you collect your DNA sample 30 minutes before/after eating, drinking, smoking and chewing gum.
How different is DNA-me™ test kit from the others in the market?
Each company offers a different set of tested items (i.e. traits) and examines different number of genetic locations for a certain trait. Our test offers the most comprehensive genetic locations for each trait to give you an accurate score.
As many traits are affected by multiple genes, it is important to examine the cumulative effects of all the relevant genes in order to generate an accurate score, instead of only looking at single or a handful of genes and telling you your genetic predisposition based on that limited information, as offered by some test providers in the market.
Would my DNA sample be rejected?
As our lab is accredited with College of American Pathologists (CAP) and Illumina Propel certification, we follow stringent standards in our lab processes. The lab processes are done in two steps: (1) Extracting your DNA from biological sample (e.g. cheek swab or saliva), and (2) running the DNA on an Illumina microarray. For the DNA sample to be valid for microarray processing, a certain amount of DNA is required to ensure accuracy. We reject samples where the amount falls below the recommended threshold and require a new DNA sample to be collected in order to ensure that there is sufficient DNA amount to work with.
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