F.A.Q

Your DNA says a lot about you and can help you to learn more about yourself.

Scientific advances, particularly in the field of genomics and bioinformatics, are causing a gradual change of approach in traditional detection medicine and treatment of illnesses; towards a more predictive, preventative and personalised health approach.

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Why is it genetic testing important?

  • You can learn in advance whether you have a genetic predisposition to certain diseases and take preventative action.
  • To know how your body responds to certain drugs and medical treatments.
  • To know your children’s risk of genetic diseases.
  • To know how your genotype influences your response to nutrients and sports performance.
  • You will be able to estimate the ethnic and geographical origin of your ancestors, reconstruct your family history and find out if you share the same ancestry as others.

How can I register for this service?

You need to go to www.mydnamap.com and register. Complete the fields with your details or that of the person registering for the service. We will organise a consultation with a genetic counsellor who will explain the test process.

What does the service include?

We rely on advice from genetic experts before and after the test. This allows you to know exactly what to expect from the results and how to proceed once you have them. Our personalised health report, which is based on the genetic profile of each user, is designed to provide information on your genetic predisposition to developing certain diseases; your ability to metabolise certain drugs; your response to treatment; the possibility of you being a carrier of hereditary diseases; genetic variation regarding your intake of certain nutrients and their influence on your sports performance. We also include information on the ethnic and geographical origin of your ancestors. The report is updated on an annual basis, so it always includes the latest scientific advances in the field of genetics.

Sports: genes with polymorphic variants  associated with physical activity, athletic performance, endurance and muscular strength, risks of fractures or ligament injuries.

Nutrition: distinct genetic variants that influence the metabolism of nutrients, diet and associated diseases.

Pharmacology: analysis includes genetic variants of the cytochrome P450 family and more than 30 genes associated with more than 200 prescribed medications for the treatment of common, cardiological, oncological and mental health diseases.

Neurology: genetic screening to identify genetic variants associated with a disease or condition (cardiological, hereditary cancer, neurology, psychiatry, fertility and carrier state).

Ancestry: estimate the ethnic and geographical origin of your ancestors, reconstruct your family history and learn if you share the same common ancestry as others.

Cardiology: we analyse the genes associated with hereditary cardiovascular diseases and cardiovascular risks.

Psychiatry: we analyse the genes associated with hereditary cardiovascular diseases and cardiovascular risks.

Addictions: we analyse more than 70 genetic markers associated with addiction/dependency disorders.

Fertility: we analyse more than 100 genes responsible for the common genetic causes of infertility.

Genetic matching: we analyse the risk of having a child with a genetic disease.

When will I receive my results?

You will receive an email within approximately 10 to 12 weeks, which will notify you that your results are available on the user portal. You will also be able to download the email via the myDNAmap app.

What are the payment methods?

Payment can be made by credit card, PayPal or by bank transfer. Payment is made at the time of subscription.

How do I create an account?

To create your user account, you need to follow these steps:

1- Go to www.mydnamap.com

2- Click on “myDNAmap” in the top right corner.

3- Don’t have an account? Create one here.

4- Complete the fields with the details requested, accept the terms and conditions and the privacy policy.

5- You will receive an email to confirm your account has been created.

6- Access your account and complete the details.

It is possible to retrieve your data and modify it at any time under “My Account”.

If you have any questions regarding the correction or deletion of personal data, contact myDNAmap via our contact page and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

Forgotten your password?

When you log into your account online you will need to click on the option “Forgotten your password?” This will open a link where you can enter the email address you used during registration and you will be sent a temporary link to reset your password. Our genetic counsellors will answer any questions you may have at any time.

What happens if my kit is faulty?

You must contact us immediately via the webpage or by emailing administracion@mydnamap.com and we will send you a new kit.

How do I collect a saliva sample?

Collect a saliva sample by following the simple instructions included in the kit. (See attached)

 

How do you collect a child saliva sample?

The instructions for correctly collecting a child saliva sample are included in the kit. (See attached).

What is the saliva sample process?

Your saliva sample will be sent to the laboratories where they will extract and sequence the genome. You will have the option to store a frozen sample for future use, the cost of which is covered in your subscription. If you decide to discontinue your subscription, the sample will be destroyed.

What is myDNAmap app?

At myDNAmap we believe that the user should be in control of data that is directly and indirectly connected to their health. For this reason, we have created a new free app that allows you to enter and access your medical reports, geographical location, habits etc. In turn myDNAmap app will be used to make an appointment with our medical counsellors to receive help and assistance when interpreting your results.

The app is available both on Android and iOS (via their respective stores). You simply need to download it for free and then log in with your myDNAmap username.

Why is genetic advice essential?

Our doctors and specialists are available to users prior to requesting a genetic test, in order to provide information regarding the potential use and limitation of the results. They will also inform you about the benefits and risks of accessing genetic information, so you can to decide if it is appropriate to apply for the test. Upon receiving the results, our specialists will help you to interpret them to avoid confusion or incorrect interpretation.

How accurate are the results?

At myDNAmap we use next-generation sequencing technology (NGS). The results are gathered by our teams and compared with available specialist scientific literature and databases. The variants detected and those with scientific validity are defined in a technical, informative and predictive report regarding hereditary features and possible factors/conditions associated with diseases.

What does it mean if there is no data in the results report?

This means that it has not been possible to detect the polymorphic genotype in question. This is unusual and can be due to inherent faults in the technology.

What does it mean if you are carrier?

A carrier is a person who carries and is capable of transmitting a genetic variant associated with a disease and may or may not show symptoms of that disease. Carriers are associated with diseases inherited recessive traits. To develop the disease, the person must have inherited mutated alleles from both parents. A person who has a normal allele and a mutated allele will not develop the disease. If two carriers have a child, this child could have the disease.

Will the results of the report be able to predict if I will develop a disease?

No, the test is predictive and offers no diagnosis. You will be informed of the probability of developing a disease or condition based on updated bibliographical data, which considers pathogenic variables. This does not mean that you are going to develop a disease. For this to happen other factors have an influence such as environmental, nutritional and lifestyle habits among others.

What is pharmacogenetics?

Pharmacogenetics is one of the tools used in personalised medicine. A pharmacogenetic test is extremely important as it allows us to predict the individual response to pharmacological treatment, allowing the drug and optimal dose to be chosen to maximize efficacy and safety of treatments.

What will the ancestral composition analysis tell me?

Genetic analysis of ancestry provides us with information regarding the possible origin of our ancestors, by checking our genetic material (DNA) with reference populations that present known geographic origin and ethnicity. This way we can estimate the ethnic and geographical origin of your ancestors, reconstruct your family history and find out if you share a same ancestry in common with other people.

What is nutrigenetics?

Nutrigenetics analyses the response of different genotypes to nutrient intake and the way in which this relationship determines the likelihood of a person developing a particular disease. We analyse genes and their genetic variants associated with the regulation of blood glucose, the modulation of sugars and lipid metabolism, gluten, fructose and lactose intolerances and caffeine and salt sensitivities among others.

Why is sports medicine useful?

Our test analyses genetic variants associated with physical ability and sport. It allows us to use this information to plan sport tailored to each person’s abilities, helping them to avoid injuries and unwanted effects.

How is my data protected?

Privacy, confidentiality and data security are of the upmost importance to myDNAmap. We store data on three different platforms, which contain filiation, genome, medical, geographic and lifestyle habits data. myDNAmap does not link the user’s filiation data with their other data.

We have developed a safe deposit system that generates multiple personal IDs, which are shared between the user and the myDNAmap platform. Only you can link your identity with your genetic profile, by using your personal IDs.

Can I share my results with other people?

The report you receive following your genetic analysis will be your property and only you can decide to share this information, in whole or in part, with other people; being aware of the associated risks in doing so.

Are the results confidential?

We use a large number of safety measures including computer encryption to prevent unauthorised access, correct use of information and non-disclosure of data.

myDNAmap cannot cross-reference personal data and genetic data information due to our security architecture.

Why do I have to sign a consent form for my results to be used for research purposes?

We require authorisation and consent for your genetic information to be used for research. We guarantee that the data used for research purposes will not be linked to your registration information and therefore remains anonymous.

Will my data be used for research?

myDNAmap wants to contribute to scientific research aimed at increasing scientific knowledge in the field of genetics. Participating in genetic research is an opportunity to support the scientific exploration of the genome, with the aim of understanding, preventing, detecting and treating diseases more efficiently. We receive no financial return for this

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Our genetic experts will answer any questions you may have at any time.