The Future Is Here: DNA Based Health Tips
By Kate Gardner
Imagine a world in which every choice you make is scientifically perfect for you. You pick your food, drinks, and exercises knowing they are tailored to your specific DNA profile. This future isn't too far off. A newly launched company, Helix, wants to help you live a healthier life through DNA. Helix.com says, "It's our mission to empower every person to improve their life through DNA." So, how does it work?
A few months ago, I wrote about the increasing popularity of at-home DNA tests. These tests aim to use your DNA to provide a window into your ancestry and health. Helix wants to do the same while giving you even more options. For $80 Helix collects and stores your DNA. Once they've received your sample, head to Helix's marketplace. There you can ask another company to look at your information and make recommendations based on what they see.
Helix's website lets you get a look at all the different ways you can have your DNA analyzed.
Ancestry - Like 23andme and AncestryDNA, Helix wants you to know where you come from. They connect users with four companies who help you discover your ancestry. Products range from basic ancestry information to a test that looks at how much of your DNA is Neanderthal and why that matters. Helix provides the basic information free of charge, while other tests are $144.99
Health - Helix's services offer users seven products designed to tell them more about their health. Some products, like the Inherited Diabetes Test from Admera Health, focus on one issue or disease, while others offer a broader look. Carrier Check from Sema4 checks your DNA for genetic health issues that can affect your fertility and future children. Test prices range from $149.99 to $324.99.
Wellness and discovery - The wellness and discovery offerings are where Helix's fun factor comes into play. While most of the 12 offerings in this category provide the wellness information you'd expect, it also includes Wine Explorer, a product that recommends wines based on your DNA. As with ancestry, Helix provides some basic insights for free, including information designed for women. Other tests run from $129.99 to $249.99.
According to Health.com, some doctors caution that gene-specific recommendations may not be all that accurate or helpful at this point. Sometimes, the role genetics plays in our health can be pretty small. At other times, like when you're looking at diseases you could pass onto your children, your genes are everything. However you feel about Helix and their products, they're likely the first in a field of companies that will offer similar services.
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