1.What is epigenetics?
At the simplest level, it's simply how your DNA interacts with the environment.
Who you are isn't just about the genes you were born with, it's also about how those genes interact with your environment, and how your environment influences those specific gene expressions. The choices you make on a daily basis can create changes in the expression of your DNA. These choices will change the shape of your proteins, your cells, your body, and ultimately, your destiny and potential impact.
2. What makes this different from other direct-to-consumer kits?
Firstly, these reports aren't available direct-to-consumer. You must have someone certified in epigenetic performance and interpretation to gather the data. Also, most genetic testing kits are designed for identifying ancestral data which often changes. Also, these array kits are priced low in order to accumulate data—data is valuable to these companies because it allows them to mine the data, share the data, and ultimately sell the data or their findings. Privacy is a concern here as they keep you on their database, there's always a footprint.
With over 750,000 SNP's (single nucleotide polymorphisms), I'm focusing on and selecting high impact variants that are relevant to your goals which is lifestyle guidance as opposed to ancestry. While obtaining information from your genetic data is great, having someone who understands the complexity of the human system and can pair it with your personal lifestyle is where the magic happens.
Algorithms are powerful and wonderful for simple tasks. However, they are not ideal for assessing complex systems involving multiple critical variables and then, delivering that information in a practical, actionable, and straight forward manner.
3. What about the data...who owns it?
This is your data and it's never going to be shared nor sold. In addition to your blueprint, I'm going to send you your raw genetic data in case you want to do some outside research on your own.
4. What's the deal with privacy?
Maintaining anonymity is the highest priority. Your specimen is submitted to the lab as only a barcode. The data and identification are kept on completely independent servers. Your specimen and data are retained for approximately 3 months in order to rerun the data in case there are any questions. Afterward, it's erased and destroyed from the server.
5. Do you have ongoing coaching/program options available in addition to interpreting genetics?
Yes I do. The options available are discussed during our initial call before anything is started.