Frequently Asked Questions
Genetic screening is a healthcare test designed to detect specific changes in your genes. These changes, called genetic variations, may be associated with increased risks of developing certain diseases, conditions, and health traits and whether you might pass them on to your future generations.
Other genetic variations are associated with risks of adverse reactions to medications and wellness traits, including diet, metabolism, aging, and weight management, among others.
By detecting these genetic risks, you can plan with your family and medical team. This information may help you mitigate the risks or even prevent disease, choose the right type of medication, improve your life overall, and create a better future for yourself, your family, and future generations.
It is non-invasive and straightforward, with almost zero risks. It usually involves a saliva sample for adults or a buccal (cheek) swab sample for children. These samples are sent to a genetics laboratory with the necessary equipment, scientists, and experience to conduct genetic screening. At the lab, DNA is extracted from each sample and analyzed by specialized machines and bioinformatics reporting systems able to generate a genetic profile of a person’s genetic variations.
The decision to undergo a genetic screening test must be voluntary. The sampling and screening process is completely safe, and, as with other health tests, each person must understand the limitations of the test. For example, a genetic screening test will never tell you if a disease or health trait, but it can tell you if you have a genetic risk for one. Since genetic screening involves looking for genetic variations inherited from parents and passed on to children, the results of your genetic screening test may have implications for a family member such as a sibling or a child.
HelloDNA is a comprehensive genetic screening jointly developed by Eostre and Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre (MGRC). Eostre is a listed Malaysian healthcare technology firm which offers a diverse range of health-enhancing products, while MGRC is renowned in Asia for its extensive genetic work in the last 17 years.
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As one of the biggest and longest-established genetic laboratories in Asia, we offer a plethora of genetic screening identifying risks in different aspects, such as cancer, heart, brain, bones and joints, drug safety, aesthetics, wellness and nutrition.
The premium products, at an additional charge of RM300, produce more detailed and extensive results covering more aspects of your health. Also, it comes with a lifetime subscription for genomic data updates, which will be sent via e-mail or uploaded in our app.
We adopt the latest technology called genomics, compared to genotyping used by other laboratories. The technology, known as Whole Exome Sequencing (WES), covers a lot more data, allowing us to pick up many mutations that genotyping tends to miss. This, in turn, produces results that are much more precise and comprehensive, with an analytical accuracy of 99.9%.
Our scientists’ analysis is based on the vast pool of scientific literature around the world. Rest assured that it stays updated and relevant, as you will be informed of any future update in a timely manner.
All test results will be handled and analyzed by our scientific and technological partner, MGRC. Their laboratory at Damansara, Malaysia, is fully equipped with cutting-edge equipment from U.S market leader Illumina, Inc., while clinical-grade sequencing technology is adopted to provide you with the most accurate results possible.
Rest assured that your data will only be assessed and handled by professionals, which include our trusted medical officers who will provide you with a meticulous analysis. The complementary time length consultation will enlighten you on your health.
It will take 16 working days, starting from receipt of sample. The process includes analysis done in the laboratory, and collection of results.
No. Your DNA never changes, so the results of your genetic screening test do not change over time unless scientists discover new information about your genetic variations. That is why, generally, you only have to undergo each type of genetic test once in your lifetime.
A blood test detects an existing condition, while genetic screening allows you to identify genetic risks before there are even symptoms. The information from a genetic screening test may help you and your doctor develop a preventive health plan to mitigate your genetic risks to delay or prevent a disease from occurring. This type of health plan may include follow-up blood tests as part of preventive health screening.
Does your family have a medical history of non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, or heart disease? Do you want to know whether you might have a risk of adverse reactions towards certain prescription drugs? Are you worried that your future children may have a genetic disorder or condition? If your answer to any of these questions is “Yes,” a genetic test may help you gain more control of your health starting from now.
The screening is available to anybody over the age of 18. Generally, for those under the age of 18, consent by a guardian or a parent is required. In this case, the guardian or parent is fully responsible for the decisions made on behalf of the minor and for ensuring the information provided is accurate.
We fully understand if you do, as this can be a major decision concerning your overall health and future, not to mention that sensitive information may be touched on in the process. Feel free to reach out to our friendly and trustworthy customer service team through calling +603-76275181/82 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or LIVECHAT (link) before engaging our service. Rest assured all calls and e-mails will be kept private and confidential for the protection of your data.