We are all different and this is mainly due to our genes. There are the differences that we all see like eyes and hair colour, but then there are the differences inside – how we metabolise nutrients for example, the way we deal with toxins – we all interact with the environment in our own unique way.
Genetically we are almost identical, but in each gene there are points of variation, the most common type being a single base change at a particular position – this variation is called a Single Nucleotide Polymorphism, or SNP (pronounced SNIP). It is the collection of these small differences that affect who we are and define our individuality – but genes are not all, they don’t work alone and they don’t determine everything about us.
Genes interact with our environment – and modifying the environment modifies our “phenotype” – the way we are (e.g. a fair skinned person will only suffer from sunburn if she/he stays in the sun too long). Because we have some control over our environment we can have some control on our destiny, we are not slaves to our genes, and the biggest “environment” is our diet and our lifestyle.
Here’s how it works
Order your DNA test now and receive your collection kit by post.
Collect your saliva samples with the provided collection kit and send them to our laboratory for analysis.
We provide you with a personal report in approximately 3 weeks after receipt of your samples.