What is a Genetic Test?
What is the difference between a Gene and DNA？
Your genes are the footprint of who you are. Humans are known to have approximately 26,000 genes. Each gene is made up of a special protein material called DNA, which translates genetic information necessary to sustain function and life. DNA is comprised of 4 amino acids/base letters; Adenine (A), Thymine (T), Guanine (G) and Cytosine( C) in sequential order. We inherit the DNA codes, or sequence, from both our parents, thus, this is why we resemble them.
To summarize, Genes, the Footprint of Life is the paper that ink is written on. DNA, therefore, is the ink, or the unique handwriting of each person.
What can I learn from a Genetic Test？
Genetic Researchers have started to identify which genes affect the onset of lifestyle diseases. Thus, a Genetic Test will allow you to understand which diseases you are at genetic risk of developing in the future. Of the Genes that are already mapped, it is known that each individual has a 0.1% difference in the sequence. Since the genes do not change during one’s lifetime, you need to only test once. You can make better lifestyle choices based on your risk profile.
Your privacy and security.
Operating under the METI genetic research and testing guidelines (formulated in 2007), and adhering to the Privacy Laws of Japan, your genetic information will be stored with top level security 24 hours/365 days. At our laboratory, each customer's test kit is barcoded to insure that only you will have access to both your personal information and genetic information to insure your privacy.