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Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The Tests

What is genetic testing?

Molecular genetic testing identifies changes or faults in your DNA. The results of a genetic test can confirm or rule out a suspected genetic condition or help determine a person’s chance of developing or passing on a genetic disorder.

You should always consult a clinical geneticist or a genetic counsellor before undertaking a genetic test. They can help by providing information about the pros and cons of the test and discussing all aspects of testing. Elite Medicine has its own world renown clinical geneticist to help you make the right choice of test for you.

What can I be tested for at Elite Medicine?

With our most comprehensive test, whole genome sequencing, we can determine if you carry DNA faults that could place you or your family members at risk of developing certain conditions.

Some gene faults can increase the risk of more than one type of cancer or cardiovascular diseases. We can test you for your response to certain medications in a test called pharmacogenomics as well as test some indicators of your fitness and nutrition status.

We also offer additional blood tests (such as Complete Blood Count, Liver, Kidney, Thyroid and Bone function), results of which can be used in conjunction with your genetics results.

What is a genome?

DNA is the hereditary material presents in all living cells. A genome is an organism’s complete set of DNA, comprising all of its genes. Genes are made of DNA, and so is the genome itself. Each genome contains all of the information needed to build that organism and allow it to grow and develop.

In humans, a copy of the entire genome—more than 3 billion DNA base pairs—is contained in all cells that have a nucleus.

What is whole genome sequencing?

Whole genome sequencing is the latest technology in genetic testing. It allows us to read all the 3 billion human DNA bases pairs (the entire genome) at once in a single test.

What is Pharmacogenetics testing?

Pharmacogenomics is a branch of pharmacology which studies the effect of genetic variation in your genome on drug response in patients by correlating them with a drug’s efficacy or toxicity.

The test will reveal if you are responding well to certain medications or if you need to adjust the dosage of that medication.

The Tests

What is genetic testing?

Molecular genetic testing identifies changes or faults in your DNA. The results of a genetic test can confirm or rule out a suspected genetic condition or help determine a person’s chance of developing or passing on a genetic disorder.

You should always consult a clinical geneticist or a genetic counsellor before undertaking a genetic test. They can help by providing information about the pros and cons of the test and discussing all aspects of testing. Elite Medicine has its own world renown clinical geneticist to help you make the right choice of test for you.

What can I be tested for at Elite Medicine?

With our most comprehensive test, whole genome sequencing, we can determine if you carry DNA faults that could place you or your family members at risk of developing certain conditions.

Some gene faults can increase the risk of more than one type of cancer or cardiovascular diseases. We can test you for your response to certain medications in a test called pharmacogenomics as well as test some indicators of your fitness and nutrition status.

What is a genome?

DNA is the hereditary material presents in all living cells. A genome is an organism’s complete set of DNA, comprising all of its genes. Genes are made of DNA, and so is the genome itself. Each genome contains all of the information needed to build that organism and allow it to grow and develop.

In humans, a copy of the entire genome—more than 3 billion DNA base pairs—is contained in all cells that have a nucleus.

What is whole genome sequencing?

Whole genome sequencing is the latest technology in genetic testing. It allows us to read all the 3 billion human DNA bases pairs (the entire genome) at once in a single test.

What is Pharmacogenetics testing?

Pharmacogenomics is a branch of pharmacology which studies the effect of genetic variation in your genome on drug response in patients by correlating them with a drug’s efficacy or toxicity.

The test will reveal if you are responding well to certain medications or if you need to adjust the dosage of that medication.

The Process

Which types of samples will be collected from me?

Depending on which test you decide to have, we would either collect a small amount of blood or in some cases a cheek swab or saliva.

How do I book an appointment?

Call us on +44 (0)203 4880535 or email us at info@elitemedicine.co.uk to arrange an appointment. We are based in London (UK) in the private medical district of Harley Street.

How does the process work?

At the first appointment, you will meet a clinical geneticist for a face-to-face consultation and pre-counselling session. You will discuss with him/her the best test(s) for you. Following a physical examination, family and medical history, a small blood sample or mouth swab will be taken by a specialised nurse at our clinic.

Your samples will be processed by accredited laboratories and analysed by our team of experienced genome analysts. We will contact you when the results are ready to arrange a second consultation to explain your genetic results.

The Process

Which types of samples will be collected from me?

Depending on which test you decide to have, we would either collect a small amount of blood or in some cases a cheek swab or saliva.

How do I book an appointment?

Call us on +44 (0)203 4880535 or email us at info@elitemedicine.co.uk to arrange an appointment. We are based in London (UK) in the private medical district of Harley Street.

How does the process work?

At the first appointment, you will meet a clinical geneticist for a face-to-face consultation and pre-counselling session. You will discuss with him/her the best test(s) for you. Following a physical examination, family and medical history, a small blood sample or mouth swab will be taken by a specialised nurse at our clinic.

Your samples will be processed by accredited laboratories and analysed by our team of experienced genome analysts. We will contact you when the results are ready to arrange a second consultation to explain your genetic results.

The Results

Which information will I get back after the test?

You will be provided with a personal comprehensive electronic report containing information on your DNA combined with your health assessment. Recommendations on which steps you might need to take will be provided in the report and discussed with our doctor.

We will only report clear evidence-based scientific information. We adhere to the American College of Medical Genetics guidelines on reporting DNA changes. The report additionally provides a comprehensive guide to your responses to commonly prescribed drugs, ensuring your doctors are aware of which drugs will work best for you.

What happens after I get my results back?

Your personal genome report from your DNA will be comprehensively evaluated to compile a one-time catalogue of your genetic blueprint. Based on your health assessment and genome information Elite Medicine will tailor a personalised healthcare plan to your needs.

Your personal report is for life. As part of your Elite membership, we will continue to work with you and offer reassessment and refreshment of healthcare plans when needed.

Can you send me the tests by post?

No, at the moment we will only carry out our tests when you come to see us at our Harley Street clinic. This might change in the future.

If you live outside the UK and have any enquiries regarding this, please contact us on +44 (0)203 488 0535 or email us at info@elitemedicine.co.uk

Can I keep my genome data?

Yes, the data is unique to you and it belongs to you. You will be provided with a comprehensive report with the relevant findings that you might want to keep and show to your general practitioner and your doctors.

The Results

Which information will I get back after the test?

You will be provided with a personal comprehensive electronic report containing information on your DNA combined with your health assessment. Recommendations on which steps you might need to take will be provided in the report and discussed with our doctor.

We will only report clear evidence-based scientific information. We adhere to the American College of Medical Genetics guidelines on reporting DNA changes. The report additionally provides a comprehensive guide to your responses to commonly prescribed drugs, ensuring your doctors are aware of which drugs will work best for you.

What happens after I get my results back?

Your personal genome report from your DNA will be comprehensively evaluated to compile a one-time catalogue of your genetic blueprint. Based on your health assessment and genome information Elite Medicine will tailor a personalised healthcare plan to your needs.

Your personal report is for life. As part of your Elite membership, we will continue to work with you and offer reassessment and refreshment of healthcare plans when needed.

Can you send me the tests by post?

No, at the moment we will only carry out our tests when you come to see us at our Harley Street clinic. This might change in the future.

If you live outside the UK and have any enquiries regarding this, please contact us on +44 (0)203 488 0535 or email us at info@elitemedicine.co.uk

Can I keep my genome data?

Yes, the data is unique to you and it belongs to you. You will be provided with a comprehensive report with the relevant findings that you might want to keep and show to your general practitioner and your doctors.

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