With growing popularity of genetics, many individuals naturally ask, which one is right for me? The answer to that is driven by your immediate and long term needs, interests and budget. The following gives you an overview of these tests, features, limitations and costs.
|Type of assay||Details||Examples||No. of genes||Estimated costs||Limitations|
|Specific genotyping test||This type of tests is typically prescribed by your physician or dietitian or other professional practitioners to check the type of a specific gene.||Lactose, Gluten Intolerance, MTHFR, Plavix response, Warfarin sensitivity||typically less than 10||< $50||You only learn about a specific gene and other genetic data is not captured.|
|Small panel genotyping test||This type of tests is typically prescribed by your physician or other professional practitioners to check on a set of several genes relating to an area of interest.||Weight Loss, Skin, Nutrition, fitness, Health predisposition||~10-100||< $100||You only learn about a specific set of gene and other genetic data is not captured.|
|Large panel genotyping test||This type of tests are typically prescribed by your physician or other professional practitioners or by yourself, to learn about a large number of genes relating to a number of attributes, traits and conditions.||Ancestry, Health, Nutrition, Fitness, Allergies, Cognition, skin and Hair||>500,000||< $200||You get to know your genotypes on a large number of genes. You may or may not use all of this info today, but it’s available for future use without having to redo the test.|
|Single or a set of genes sequencing test||This type of tests are typically prescribed by your physician to check the full sequence of one specific gene or a collection of them.||Cancer gene tests or other inherited disease||typically up to a 100 genes||$200 to $1000||You only learn about a specific set of genes and not capture the full genome.|
|Full genome sequencing test||This type of tests are typically prescribed by your physician to check the full sequence of your entire genome. It’s estimated that only 98% of human genome is known today. But, once you do this test, you do not have to do it again.||Cancer genes, other inherited disease, all other known attibutes such as nutrition, fitness, physical attributes, ancestry, etc.||not applicable||$1000 to $2000||Even though you have the full genome data, only part of it is understood today.|
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