FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
PROTECT MY DNA RESULTS FROM BEING DISCLOSED TO OTHER PEOPLE?
your results are totally confidential. Only you
will ever receive your DNA test results. We will not give those results to any
other person or company. This includes insurance companies, employers and the
government. You control who gets to see your results.
HOW CAN I
USE THE RESULTS?
Think of MyGene as “Myers-Briggs” with Genes. Learning about the 50 traits we
selected gives people the chance to make practical lifestyle adjustments to
enhance the strengths and offset or negate the weaknesses. Knowing you have a
biological tendency for something means you can identify how that tendency is
influencing your daily life, and change things if you wish.
IF MY DNA
RESULTS ARE NEGATIVE FOR A CERTAIN DESIRABLE TRAIT, DOES THIS MEAN THAT I CAN
NEVER DEVELOP THAT TRAIT?
having DNA for any trait doesn’t mean that you cannot become,
become good. What your DNA may be telling you is that it may take more time and
work to achieve your goal.
MY DNA WAS
POSITIVE FOR A TRAIT, BUT I DON’T SEEM TO SHOW IT OR BE GOOD AT IT. DOES THIS
MEAN IT IS A MISTAKE?
DNA for something doesn’t automatically mean that you will show it or be good at
it. Most people have to work to develop their talent. Your DNA is only part of
the equation. The other part is your environment. However, you are more likely
than others that are negative to achieve the characteristics of that trait.
WHY DO YOU
ONLY TEST 50 TRAITS?
We selected a
cross-section of life experiences and non-disease traits that people can find
useful in interpreting and understanding their life. It represents a starting
point for each of us to better understand who we are, and to take greater
control over our life.
DOESN’T HAVE THE DNA THAT DANCERS HAVE. SHOULD WE DISCOURAGE HER FROM DANCING?
discourage her because of her DNA! Not having the gene may simply mean she has
to work a little bit harder than someone who is “gifted.” There are many
examples of athletes who become quite good by working hard and building on their
strengths. There are many different kinds of dance, and dancers. This means
there are many opportunities for each person to enjoy dance and to excel. If she
enjoys it, then keep going. Encouragement is important.
POINT OF TESTING MY DNA IF I CAN’T CHANGE MY DNA?
DNA is the blueprint that you start life with. However, your environment shapes
how that blueprint is translated into who you are. It’s the same as when 100
houses are built with the same blueprint. After a few years, each house has its
unique identity because of how the people live in it and what they do to it
after they move in. It is the same with your body and mind: it is what you do
with it after you are born that is important. Another words, a DNA profile
‘tells’ us where we need to concentrate on so we can achieve our life goals.
DO I HAVE
TO GO TO A DOCTOR TO GET MY TEST?
are necessary. You use a simple swab that looks like a Popsicle stick. It
collects your DNA. You can do this in your own living room.
the cheek cells is the same as brushing your teeth. It takes only a few strokes
with the collector to capture the DNA we need to run your test.
I RECEIVE AFTER MY TEST IS DONE?
receive a report that describes your DNA results. The report will explain the
underlying science behind the results as well. In addition, you will have access
to professionally trained coaches who can help you interpret and use your
results. Our coaches provide this form of support at no additional cost to you.
HOW CAN I
USE THE DNA RESULTS?
You can begin
to make informed, smarter choices to enhance your life. For instance, the
results can help you identify foods that are better for you. They may help you
understand how to change your workout plan to get the best results. You can
target your strengths as something to value, and your weaknesses as something to
work on and overcome.
SCIENTISTS DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW ABOUT MY TRAITS; THEN WHAT?
We will keep
you informed about new discoveries that relate to the traits we tested. The
science is evolving, and new results appear all the time.
WHAT DO I
SAY TO MY INSURANCE COMPANY IF THEY ASK ABOUT GENETIC TESTING?
You can tell
your insurance company that you had a DNA test for non-disease traits. This is
the same answer you would give if your DNA was tested for your ancestry.
SCIENTISTS ARE SAYING THAT GENETICS IS TOO COMPLICATED OR AMBIGUOUS TO
UNDERSTAND MY LIFESTYLE. HOW RELIABLE ARE YOUR RESULTS?
profile can give each person a good idea about who they are and what tendencies
are reflected in their DNA. While it is true that our genome works in a complex
and integrated way, scientists throughout the world continue to uncover how our
DNA influences our normal, everyday life processes. They do this so they can
then figure out how disease is caused, because disease is a deviation from
what’s normal. We carefully review each scientific study to determine whether
the researchers use appropriate laboratory and statistical methods. We only use
those studies whose results appear valid.
SHOULD I DO IF SCIENTISTS IN THE FUTURE DISCOVER THAT ONE OF MY GENES IS
INVOLVED WITH A DISEASE?
work as an integrated system that keeps us alive and functioning everyday. When
genes are involved in diseases, most of the time it is when the system begins to
erode and become erratic. Therefore, as scientists, we anticipate that almost
every gene in our body will be implicated in some disease process for some
people. This does not mean that you will get the disease. For anyone, disease
prevention practices are the same for all. However, if for instance, the profile
indicates something that could make you happier and healthier, by all means
concentrate on this aspect of lifestyle.
Send your questions to: FAQ@alpha-genics.com