SEATTLE, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- iGenix, Inc, today launched QTrait, a personal online genetics testing service with prices beginning as low as $99 per DNA test. iGenix co-founder and chief scientist Tera Eerkes, Ph.D. developed QTrait to create affordable DNA testing for the general public, while providing the most secure privacy procedures in the genetics industry. QTrait tests have received certification from TRUSTe, a leading consumer privacy group that helps consumers and businesses identify trustworthy online organizations.
QTrait test categories include: 1) Health and Longevity; 2) Addictive Tendencies; 3) Nutrition and Allergies; 4) Pregnancy and Childbirth; 5) Sleep and the Senses; and 6) Performance. Tests range from $99 for one test, up to $749 for 30 or more tests.
"QTrait proves that secure DNA testing isn't just for the wealthy," said Eerkes, who has a doctorate in Genome Sciences from the University of Washington. "Anyone should be able to learn about their genetic make-up, and have the right to keep that information 100 percent private."
GENETIC TESTING and DISEASE DETECTION
Designed by a team of scientists and physicians, QTrait tests are highly accurate. They differ from tests that evaluate disease detection or prevention. QTrait evaluates the genetic component of existing disorders or conditions that can be improved through detection and behavior modification, like allergies. QTrait also provides assessments that can improve lifestyles, such as insights on aptitudes for memory and retention.
DNA PRIVACY and PRICING
Many people are worried that employers might discover their personal
genetic information and use it to discriminate against them, Some are
concerned that insurance companies might deny coverage based on unfavorable
results. To protect privacy, many consumers choose to pay out-of-pocket for
extremely expensive DNA tests that might normally be covered under
insurance. Prior to QTrait, stan
|SOURCE iGenix, Inc|
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved