Years ago, I had two direct-to-consumer (DTC) genomic tests. One with Navigenics and one with Pathway Genomics. Both tests gave me great insights about how this industry works and it was really exciting getting a clear picture about them as a geneticist myself. Although, when I saw the FDA-23andMe battle and the results, I was not surprised.
- They sequence all my genes, not just 1.9% of them as other DTC companies do.
- They test me for 1700+ conditions (carrier status, from common to rare genetic disorders).
- They provide revolutionary iOS apps.
- I can download my raw data and I own it!
The package arrived, and I provided the required saliva sample. The process was quite simple.
With a personal note:
After a few weeks, I got access to my results and I was impressed. Here is the format they used to interpret my data:
I could take a look at my carrier status and it turned out my genome doesn’t really carry anything serious. A color coded circle let me discover the details and for each condition or disease, I could access a more detailed description.
The different layouts allowed me to discover the meanings behind the data in the way I preferred. Here is the chromosome view.
Finally, the genetic counselor scheduled a talk with me about my results and she answered all my questions.
In overall, Gentle told me things about my genome that are backed by scientific evidence; they let me download the raw data and analyze it in my own way and provided me with a lot of details focusing on those carrier statuses. They do everything regulations let them do and they do that by keeping an eye on scientific quality.
Here is a video about the service: