Mapping your health through snps: your unique QR code
Nov 14 , 2018

Mapping your health through snps: your unique QR code

We are all the same, yet different. You. Me. The person sitting next to you on the train. And the reason for some of these differences can be found in single alphabet changes in our genes.

Take a chromosome, which kind of looks like a twisted train track. Now, imagine a chain of alphabets on each track – A, T, G and C (four nucleotides that make up our DNA). Each alphabet is joined to another across, just like train tracks.

Before a cell replicates, it makes an exact copy of these two chains. But sometimes, like all machines, our cells make errors – by making single alphabet changes in these chains. These are known as Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms or SNPs, pronounced “SNIP”.

Most of these alterations can be completely harmless, or it can make for interesting variations among us, such as green or blue eyes, or curly hair or straight hair. But SNPs can also have harmful implications. They can make us more susceptible to certain diseases or change how we respond to drugs.

Modern genetic science can spot these SNPs in our genes! This means that even a simple saliva-based test can lay down your genetic map and scan for such variations. BioViva’s MapMyHealth is a simple, painless, non-invasive test that can show you more about what makes you “you”, and give you control over your health and future.

Why should you get MapMyHealth?

  • It is the world’s most comprehensive SNP testing package.
  • It can tell you about your risks for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, neurological disorders, gastrointestinal system, and the immune system.
  • It can help you optimize your lifestyle for your unique drug response profile, hair and skin profile, and gender-specific traits.
  • Armed with your MapMyHealth results, our highly trained genetic counsellors will help you understand your unique genome, and help you get to optimal health.

Adam Alonzi

Adam Alonzi is a writer, biotechnologist, documentary maker, futurist, inventor, programmer, and author two novels. He is an analyst for the Millennium Project, and Head of Social Media and Content Creation for BioViva Sciences. Listen to his podcasts here. Read his blog here.