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November 15, 2019
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5 things you should know before using Genetic Genie

Here is a Genetic Genie review, a tool that provides a Methylation Analysis (looking at your MTHFR gene) and a Detoxification Analysis.
By
Tomohiro Takano

The editors at Genomelink think it is imperative that customer’s find the exact DNA testing services for their needs. This article discusses Genetic Genie, a free service which will analyze important health-aspects of your DNA. Check out the full review below!


1. About the Company

2. Test Results and Sample Reports

3. Reviews

4. Cost

5. Other Places to Use Raw DNA Data


1. About the Company

Genetic Genie is a non-profit organization that runs the site GeneticGenie.org. The service is truly a gene genie, in that it provides raw DNA data testing for free. Using your raw data, the Genie will tell you about additional aspects of your DNA, not reported in your 23andMe data report. 



The company specifically analyzes genetic variants related to your body’s ability to produce a variety of necessary substances for health, as well as your body’s ability to complete the detoxification of drugs, hormones, and substances found in the environment. The company does not store your DNA sample, so there is very little risk associated with your free report.

2. Test Results and Sample Reports

Genetic Genie measures and analyzes two simple aspects of your DNA, related to your epigenetics. Epigenetics is the study of how DNA interacts with your environment.

First, Genetic Genie conducts a Methylation Analysis, looking at your MTHFR gene. This gene is responsible for altering a number of cellular products, and supposedly it can greatly impact your health in a number of ways. For instance, one product of the MTHFR gene influences enzymes throughout your body. If the gene is malfunctioning, you could experience infertility, thrombosis, miscarriage, and certain forms of cancer. 




Here, you can see an example of a Methylation Analysis from Genetic Genie. It analyzes the genetic variants in a number of genes to determine whether you are homozygous or heterozygous, which can be good or bad depending on the gene. For instance, the red box shows +/+, meaning you have the TT allele on each copy of your MAO A R297R. This combination can lead to poor health results, which are explained later in the report. On the other hand, a green box shows -/-, meaning you do not have the variants which can cause disease.


The second test result offered by Genetic Genie is a Detoxification Analysis. The Detox Analysis looks at parts of your genetic data which help determine how efficient your body is at the detoxification of drugs. Your Detox Profile is an analysis tool which can add to your overall 23andMe health report by telling you how your body handles toxins. The test results can help you understand what types of substances to avoid, and which substances your body can probably handle just fine.

3. Reviews

Reviews for Genetic Genie are typically positive. For one, the service is free. It’s hard to hate something that is free. Second, the service provides information about aspects of your DNA that are not covered by any other testing service.


That being said, Genetic Genie does not provide a geneticist to help you understand your results. The results are highly technical, and may not help you understand much about your DNA. If you are looking for more answers about a specific genetic mutation, you may need to go to SNPedia or another Wikipedia-like research site to discover what your mutations actually mean to your health. Epigenetics is a fairly new scientific field, and the genetic mutations it analyzes are hardly mainstream.


4. Cost

After paying for a 23andMe test, the use of Genetic Genie is completely free. Using your 23andMe results, you can easily use the genetic analysis provided by Genetic Genie. Simply download your 23andMe raw data and upload it into the Genetic Genie Site to get started! Unfortunately, it does not seem that Genetic Genie takes samples from other testing services. However, there are many other companies which can... 


Keep reading to learn more about them!

5. Other Places to Use Raw DNA Data

Most DNA testing companies allow the option of downloading your raw DNA data to be analyzed by other services. For instance, AncestryDNA can tell you about your family tree, but has little to say about health information. All of the secondary testing services below have unique offerings, and many of them are free! 


You can learn about aspects of your health, such as your risk for breast cancer and other information not found in ancestry reports. On the other hand, if you only received health information from your testing company, many of these third-party companies can provide ancestry information from your DNA data. Check them out!


Know "More" About Your DNA Data

1. Genomelink — FREE

2. Promethease (genetic health risk)

Ancestry Tests

3. Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) — FREE

4. MyHeritage DNA — FREE

5. LivingDNA — FREE

6. GEDmatch — FREE

Nutrition and Fitness

7. Genopalate

8. Athletigen

9. Vintage

10. DNA Fit

To find out more, go to the updated list of uploading websites here!


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