Understanding the world of genetics
It doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be as simple as based on a DNA sample to evaluate if your family’s medical history could expose you to a higher-than-usual chance to develop certain diseases like cancer, or to find out how medicines will work on you, or if newly diagnosed early breast cancer treatment will not require chemotherapy, or which targeted therapies will work based on tumor unique genetic profile. We are here to help you explore which genetic tests may be right for you and what those tests could show you about your health.
Understanding better your genetic profile and evaluating risks faster
A gene is like a “blueprint” for every protein in our bodies. The gene is made up by small “bricks” called nucleotides and, because most of the genes are thousands of nucleotides long, mistakes can happen when they are copied. A small variance in the sequence of a specific gene is enough to produce negative consequences. Practically, a genetic mutation prevents the protein from doing what it was supposed to do as a rule. DNA-based gene testing broadly refers to tests which searches a known genetic mutation.
The new genetic testing technologies increase the sample of the patient’s DNA in order to produce a large sequence that is scanned in multiple ways. The purpose? The recognition of a distinct mutation on a known gene. Then, the specialists can properly identify specific health risks and clarify the implications of test results, so that the patients and their physicians can make thoughtful health care choices.
In the past years, scientific progress has been so significant that direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing became available as a means of allowing consumers to access information on their genetics without the direct involvement of a physician. However, the assistance of an expert is still necessary and highly recommended, as treatment options and diagnostics need the evaluation and presence of a health care professional.
Patients and doctors become partners in the journey to faster, smarter and more efficient personalized medical solutions, due to genetic testing made more and more accessible and less time-consuming.
Discover the science behind genetic testing
Today state-of-the-art sequencing technology – New Generation Sequencing is allowing for rapid screening of multiple genes in parallel.
Through continuous progress and focus on non-invasive DNA sampling procedure certain genetic tests can be performed today even from a saliva sample.
All results are delivered in an easy to interpret report, allowing physicians to provide personalized healthcare to their patients, based on their unique and specific needs.