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Your blood contains quite a bit of information. As soon as we receive your sample, we’ll run a series of tests on your stem cells, DNA, and blood plasma. This gives us information about your level of susceptibility to disease and bodily damage, as well as your general health, genetic predispositions, and more.
Stem cells are your body’s first resource for repairing damaged tissue. The most important thing we can do with them is, of course, storage.
But you can learn from your stem cells as well. After we collect them, we run tests to determine how much damage they have sustained throughout your life. Damage to your stem cells — or any cells — typically comes from one of two places. First, it can come from external sources, such as ultraviolet radiation (a leading cause of melanoma). Second, and more importantly, damage to your cells can come from tiny mistakes in DNA sequencing during cell division. When a cell divides, it must copy its DNA so that the new cell can properly function. This happens millions of times every day, and occasionally, a mistake will occur. Normally, your cells catch those mistakes and destroy the faulty cell that results. But sometimes, mistakes go unnoticed and are copied to future cells.
The more damage to your cells, the worse they will likely be at fighting disease if it occurs. We’ll estimate the quality of your stored stem cells to give you a better idea of how you’re doing.
With our DNA testing, we currently offer screening for:
- predispositions to certain diseases (e.g. familial hypercholesterolemia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s);
- genes associated with certain inherited diseases (e.g. cystic fibrosis, fragile X, Tay-Sachs);
- genes associated with certain wellness and lifestyle factors (e.g. alcohol flush reaction, lactose intolerance, caffeine consumption).
We’re constantly expanding our range of genetic screening services, so be sure to check back often.
Blood plasma contains markers that can be good ways to measure the function of certain organs, including the heart, kidneys, liver, pancreas, ovaries, prostate, and more. With plasma, we can run lipids panels, liver function panels, and much more — just as your doctor would.
But we take a more proactive approach than most doctors, because we use your first sample as a baseline, and we store it so that we can run additional tests later on. This gives us much more in depth information about your blood and about your overall health.
Read more about: links between certain blood test results and mortality.