DNA Testing Kits: 5 Things to Know Before Getting One


Genetic testing kits you can do at home may be part of what you plan on getting this holiday or in the next year. 
The kits [..], can scan your genes from a spit sample. But it’s important to know what they can and cannot do when it comes to teaching you about your medical well-being. Here are five things to know—before you ship off your saliva—if you get a genetic testing kit.

1. You won’t find out everything about your genes

Most genetic testing companies don’t actually sequence all three billion base pairs of your entire DNA. They generally focus on certain sections where there is stronger information about what genetic changes mean.

2. Don’t expect to learn if you’re going to get cancer

Any type of genetic testing, from the consumer-based kits that anyone can buy to the versions that doctors order, can only glean so much information from your DNA. Medical conditions like cancer and heart disease are complex and not likely to be traced to a single aberration in DNA.

However, there are some genetic variants that do link to a stronger chance for certain conditions. 

3. You’ll learn more about where you came from

Much of the appeal of getting your DNA sequenced is learning about how much of your genome you share with people from all over the world.[..]

Genetic sequencing is particularly good at this, since it can find common DNA denominators among people of different racial and ethnic origins. Some people have even used genetic ancestry testing to find biological parents or lost relatives.

4. Your DNA may not be as private as you think

Consumer testing companies will assure you that the genetic information they uncover from your saliva sample is protected. And it is, to some extent: they can’t share your genetic information without your permission. But there’s an exception. Some companies note that if law enforcement requires them to relinquish genetic data, the companies will comply.

5. Your DNA isn’t your destiny

For the most part, your genes contribute to—but don’t define—who you are.

Your genes may shape your personality, athleticism or outlook, but it’s often the combination of genes, your experiences and what you are exposed to that ultimately determine your physical and psychological state.

If you want to learn from your DNA, share your test results with a doctor who is knowledgeable about both genetics and the disease that you’re interested in.

We will be launching our full #DNATesting services including Paternity, Forensics & Profiling soon. Talk to us at info@africanbio.com for details.

source Time Inc

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