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Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) Testing

Nutrigenomics is the study of the interaction(s) between a person’s nutrition and their unique genes. Through our genetic mutation testing, providers are able to determine which genes are not allowing the body to run properly and how one’s nutrition can be exacerbating the problem. But how do these genetic mutations come about, and are they all harmful?

DNA, Chromosomes, & Genes: Our Personalized Building Blocks

Your body holds trillions of cells, each with the same instructions personalized to you through your unique DNA. The DNA in each cell is arranged into pairs of chromosomes. Your 23 pairs of chromosomes are then arranged into short segments of DNA - genes. These genes proceed to dictate what processes occur within the cells, eventually building up every part of your body and helping it continue to function properly. When our genes stop dictating the proper instructions is when our health can beginning to slip.

What are SNPs?

Single nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs, occur when a cell divides itself into two to make a new cell but does not properly copy its DNA, leaving the new cell with an incomplete set of genetic instructions. While not every SNP (or genetic “mutation”) creates an observable difference or symptom, specific SNPs can wreak havoc in a person.

How Genetic Mutation Testing Can Help

SNP testing allows patients and their doctors to gain a better understanding of what’s happening on a genetic and cellular-level. Through The Human Genome Project and other research, the scientific community began identifying the physical and functional standpoint of specific genes. This information and DNA testing for SNPs has helped scientists and doctors determine which SNPs (mutations) are harmful and which are benign. When a patient participates in SNP testing today, doctors can focus their attention on genetic mutations that can cause the patient harm or discomfort and treat accordingly.

Our Approach to SNP Testing

GX Sciences' Nutrigenomic Tests evaluates up to 120 genes for SNPs. Our experts have identified 10 key metabolic areas and genes within them that impact overall health. The SNP testing provides a clear view of which SNPs a patient has, whether it’s medically relevant, and personalized nutritional recommendations to optimize a patient’s health moving forward.