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DNA Testing Company Recommendations

PLEASE NOTE: Before looking at this list below, you might want to read our article on how to get your DNA tested without giving away your identity.

There are many Genetics/DNA/SNP testing companies, with more new ones entering the field every day. So which do you choose?

Below is a list of companies recommended that we have used and liked, or are recommended by other doctors (as noted.) We also list those companies that we do not recommend. And below that, we list database companies to which you can upload your DNA data once you have it in order to get the latest research findings on your specific SNPs.

Recommended Tests

NEBULA GENOMICS
(Recommended by Dr. Mitch Kennedy)
$299 – Decodes 100% of Genome using their test kit, or you can upload your DNA data and they will attempt to “fill in the blanks” for you. You can use their research database for free. Number of SNPs Tested: 600,000
Privacy – You can download your own data, and delete your account and data from their servers, if desired. Fate of DNA sample: undisclosed.
https://nebula.org/whole-genome-sequencing

NUTRITION GENOME
(Recommended by Dr. Nasha Winters – Thanks, Nasha!)
$299 – provides data for 95 clinically relevant genes in the categories of Detoxification (CYP450), Nutrition, Cardiovascular, Digestion, Energy, Hormones, Stress & Cognitive Performance, Inflammation & Longevity, DNA Repair, Athletic Performance
Number of SNPs tested: 95
Privacy – Allows download of your results, will destroy DNA sample and your test data at your request.
https://nutritiongenome.com/

MAXGEN LABS
Recommended by Dr. Jennifer Curtiss – Thanks, Jennifer!
$349 for “The Works” – no specifics but claim, MTHFR, stress, antioxidants, detox pathways, inflammation, Neurotransmitters, Metabolism, Food sensitivities, Vitamin Deficiencies, and more… Uses a cheek swab, not saliva). Reports are sent as Microsoft Spreadsheet, not useable for upload to any other interpretation platform.
Number of SNPs Tested: 198 specifically selected for metabolic, detox, inflammation, etc..
Privacy – Sample destroyed after sending data to patient. Data given to you at completion of test, no copies kept. Does not sell for research.
https://maxgenlabs.com

SELF-DECODE
Recommended by Dina Pelletier, MPH
Test $99 / Monthly access to database $49, or $249 for lifetime access to database and reports and updates.
Number of SNPs Tested: 150,000
Privacy – Account information retained until you remove it. DNA database data also removed upon request. Most specific Privacy Policy of all testing labs we have looked into. Their language is clear and they pride themselves on privacy, and not selling your data or genes to someone else. Caveats include subpoena by law enforcement or government authorities in connection with a crime.
https://selfdecode.com/

Pre-natal (before pregnancy)

PROGENITY
Progenity is focused on pre-natal gene planning/knowledge – test you and your spouse before conception and know what disease risks there might be.
No pricing data.
Privacy statement regarding Personal Health Information – unclear if the SNP data falls into that category. Does share PHI according to standard HIPPA practices, BUT also for research purposes.
https://www.progenity.com

Must be ordered by a doctor

DIAGNOSTIC SOLUTIONS LAB – GENOMIC INSIGHT
Recommended by Dr. Loren Kozak – Thanks, Loren!
DSL has a genetic SNP test – clinicians only Not open to purchase by the public.
Number of SNPs Tested: 3,000
Feeds into the D’Adamo Opus 23 Database for detailed info – very pretty reports with good descriptions.
Privacy – Does not share patient data with any third party, and conforms to the requirements of the US Genetic Information NonDiscrimination Act (2008).
https://www.diagnosticsolutionslab.com/tests/genomicinsight

KASHI LABS
Offers panels of SNP test to Physicians only.
Mood, Cardiovascular, MTHFR, Pain Management, Weight Management, COMT, not like 23andMe – things like transplant compatibility, COVID-19, etc…
Privacy – No Data Privacy Statement on the website, but regulated by HIPPA because tests can only be ordered by physicians.
https://kashilab.com

GENOMIND
$499 for their 7 core Mental Health Map Test 24 SNPs.
Looks well packaged for what you get, BLOOD test, not cheek swab or saliva.
Privacy – Shares de-identified genetic data with other non-Genomind research parties. You can opt-out of this. Will turnover genetic information to law enforcement or for a court order. Can ask to have DNA sample destroyed after analysis.
https://www.genomind.com

PURE GENOMICS
Database Only
Genetic Database App made by the Pure Encapsulations supplement company. FREE to use by healthcare practitioners only, once you upload DNA data.
https://www.puregenomics.com/

Not Recommended

23andme.com
(Not Recommended)
“23andMe announced on Wednesday (July, 2018) that GlaxoSmithKline purchased a $300 million stake in the company, allowing the pharmaceutical giant to use 23andMe’s trove of genetic data to develop new drugs — and raising new privacy concerns for consumers. (Source: Time) Tests done after August 1, 2017 no longer include the useful information of detox pathways as it correlates to responses to drugs.

Ancestry.com
(Not Recommended)
Although this company has recently started offering health information based on your DNA, it’s primary focus has been finding relationships between people, not on health.

INVITAE
(Not recommended)
$350 patient-pay option, also have insurance payment route. Tightly focused on healthcare provider delivery of test and result.
Number of SNPs Tested: up to 147 Genes (SNPs)
Privacy – conforms to HIPPA, but also shares de-identified genomic data with clinical research databases, and the third parties for the “advancement of science”. If the customer partakes in a sponsored test (paid for by an outside 3rd party corporation or organization), then de-identified data will be shared with the sponsor.
https://www.invitae.com/

EPIGENETICSRx
(not recommended)
$249 for 1st test panel, $49 for additional panels (only offers 2 panels).
Number of SNPs Tested: Core Genetics Panel: 28 SNPs, Metabolic Panel: 35 SNPs
Privacy – Unclear – Privacy policy on DNA and genetic data is completely missing from website as of July, 2020.

Databases

Once you have done a DNA test from a company that allows you to download your DNA file (best NOT to get this as a spreadsheet – better to get it as a simple text file), then you have the ability to upload that data to other platforms which can help you understand your genetic makeup and what it means. There are several very good online databases that allow you to upload your DNA data in order to provide you with additional information that is either more up-to-date, more thorough, or more easy to understand.

FUNCTIONAL GENOMIC ANALYSIS by Bob Miller
Recommended by Dr. Bryan Rade – Thanks, Bryan!
This site provides training, and gene discovery/understanding, mostly to Functional Medicine and Naturopathic Physicians, but is available to anyone. Highly informative.
https://dnasupplementation.com/Home

OPUS23 – Database Only
Recommended by – Dr. Peter D’Adamo – Thanks, Peter!
Function specific SNP associating database. Upload the data and connections between SNPs and their associated genes and the function /malfunction are highlighted in the context of all related SNPs, as opposed to in singular fashion. Far more understandable and impactful, this is a true synthesis in the way that one leads to another and or feeds back upon the other.
https://datapunk.net/opus23blog/

Stratgene
Dr. Ben Lynch – Thanks, Ben!
This is a fabulous resource for people who already have their DNA data. Dr. Ben Lynch has an international reputation for his training and counseling on MTHFR gene breaks and other functional nutrition issues.
https://www.seekinghealth.com/collections/strategene

Prometheus.com
(Recommended by Dr. Mitch Kennedy)
Database Only
While not a testing company, Promethease is a literature retrieval system that builds a personal DNA report based on connecting a file of DNA genotypes to the scientific findings cited in SNPedia. Customers of outside DNA testing services biomedical researchers and healthcare professionals use Promethease to retrieve information published about their DNA variations.
Data and DNA Privacy: all data and reports are deleted 45 days after first run.
https://promethease.com/ondemandagreed

Snpedia: www.snpedia.com
DNA SNP resources and links to testing companies


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