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Founded in 2014, Futura Genetics offers highly accurate DNA testing looking at a person’s risk for 28 of the most common genetic disorders such as cancer and heart disease. The test kits aren’t cheap, but unlike many other DNA testing kits, Futura Genetics reveals ways to live a better lifestyle and prevent the onset of genetic diseases.
Even though Futura Genetics DNA testing provides a thorough analysis of risk for genetic disease, taking the test simply involves a simple saliva sample. Customers just mail it back to the lab and will receive their test results online within four weeks.
Although expensive, Futura Genetics provides a different service than most other DNA testing services. Rather than looking at the ethnic percentages of a person, this test kit analyzes your susceptibility of developing certain diseases. A kit costs $375 with free shipping included. The test reveals a plethora of information that could prevent a serious genetic disease from developing in the future, perhaps saving lives as a result.
Customers can order their test kit online. Despite the fact that the test kit reveals a lot of medical information, taking the test isn’t invasive at all. It only requires a saliva sample that you can send back to the lab by post. Once in the laboratory, the scientists will perform a DNA analysis which involves isolating, amplifying, and detecting DNA to extract information from your genes. Next, they will put together a report indicating the presence of potential SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) and genetic prerequisites for certain diseases. The report discloses the chances of developing the 28 most common diseases based on thousands of DNA studies on SNPs, which are associated with disease in the human body.
The test takes about four weeks to produce results. Futura Genetics will then notify you once the results come in, and customers can view all the information online. The report starts with suggestions on lifestyle habits. Then it breaks down your risk for certain genetic diseases in a side by side comparison to the average risk. The report includes susceptibility to diseases like breast cancer, bladder cancer, celiac disease, colorectal cancer, lupus, melanoma, alopecia, migraines, obesity, prostate cancer, diabetes, and coronary heart disease.
You can get in touch with Futura Genetics by filling in an online contact form through the website or by sending an email to their customer representative. Their active social media pages feature articles and information regarding genetic disease and company updates.