DNA Life: Innovation and Education
Genetic testing gets to the basis of your biology. Such a sensitive subject demands careful measures for revealing and interpreting the significance of genetic results. Thus, DNA Life set new standards for the quality assurance of genetic testing; to both innovate the science and educate the market.
DNA Life Tests
DNA Life offers three different genetic tests, specialising in general health, diet, and fitness potential. These tests analyse 26, 13, and 19 genes respectively, each gene having been scientifically shown to contribute to an individual's health, diet, or fitness disposition. Results are reported as personalised profiles, along with specific recommendations for treatment protocols.
The impact of diet, lifestyle, exercise, and environment on our individual genetic makeup should not be underestimated. Knowledge of how genes are activated by external factors enables the development of highly effective, personalised treatments. Whether your client suffers chronic disease or is at the apparent peak of fitness, a genetic profile can reveal the subtlest keys to proper treatment and training regimes.
DNA Life Practitioners
Practitioners are most effective when they are best informed. To that end, we offer DNA Life training courses to both empower practitioners and support the quality treatment of their patients.
Unlike for other genetic testing companies, a practitioner must first complete one of our training courses before he or she is permitted to prescribe one of our genetic tests to a client. This requirement ensures the proper interpretation and utilisation of results, maintains the integrity of the practice, and equips patients and practitioners with the knowledge needed to set out effective lifestyle changes.
WHAT MAKES DNA LIFE DIFFERENT?
- DNA Life tests can only be prescribed by certified practitioners.
In most cases, genetic testing makes the most sense when it is part of a broader medical examination; our tests are therefore available only through appropriately trained medical practitioners. This ensures the proper use and interpretation of results. As genetic reports are highly personal and informative, misinterpretation and misrepresentation are valid concerns. Securing the credibility of the practitioner aids both the patient and the practice.
- All gene variants analysed in DNA Life are selected according to rigorous scientific standards.
The goal of the selection process is to identify genes where a strong gene x environment association has been repeatedly shown. A genetic variant is only included in a test if:
- The evidence is clear regarding the gene x environment effect.
- The environment can be modified resulting in a positive effect.
- This effect must be repeated in a minimum of three separate studies and published in reputable, peer-reviewed journals .
- No DNA Life test contains any SNPs discovered purely via association in GWAS studies (genome wide association studies).
All genetic variants tested in the DNALife tests are ‘functional variants,’ meaning that they directly affect the function of the molecular pathway in which they participate by altering a protein (such as an enzyme) or hormone (for example, by changing an amino acid in the protein). The physiological effect of this change will be universal, and although the frequency of occurrence of the variant may differ between population groups, the consequence of the variant will not.