We can unlock powerful insights about your health by analysing your genome.

What is DNA and genes?

Our genome is made up of a chemical called deoxyribonuceic acid (DNA for short) and we often use the terms DNA and genome, which mean the same thing.

Each person gets their DNA from their parents—half from mum and half from dad. DNA contains regions that control physical characteristics, like eye colour, and we call these regions genes. Every cell in your body starts with a full copy of your DNA.

Genes are used to make proteins and about two per cent of the human genome encodes genes.

We have between 20,000 and 25,000 genes in our genome. The information in our DNA is stored as a code made up of four bases: A, G, C and T.

Human DNA contains about three billion base pairs. The order or sequence of these base pairs is as important as spelling a word or writing a sentence correctly.

What is a genomic test?

Your genome is your complete set of DNA, including all of your genes.

Each gene has a specific function and we test each gene to make sure it’s performing that function. When a gene contains a variation or change, it may not be working properly and this can affect your health.

How is a genomic test done?

Genomic tests usually involve taking a blood or tissue sample, depending on how your doctor is using the test. The sample will then go to a lab where your DNA will be removed from the cells in the sample blood cells.

Special machines, called sequencers, read your DNA. They sequence your DNA by reading the order of the bases in your genome.

We compare your DNA sequences to other people using CapeQ4 or GulfQ4 analysis pipeline to look for possible changes or variations in your genes.

We examine the variants found in your genome to see if any may explain your medical condition, and suggest the most effective way to treat and manage your condition.

How long do genomic tests take?

Genomic testing can take from 10 days to two weeks depending on what is being tested.

How will I get the results?

Your genomic results will be given to the doctor responsible for your usual care, and they will discuss with you any information relevant to your health.

Is there support available if my results confirm a genetic condition?

Talk to your GP and get a referral to a specialist genetic clinic to access genetic counselling.

What is genetic counselling?

Genetic counsellors can help you and your family to understand the genetic basis of a condition you might have, or be at risk of having, and assist you to deal with the information.

They can also help you understand what the condition might mean for family planning and potential implications for other family members.

How can I order a genetic test?

Only a doctor or relevant medical professional can place an order with genomiQa. Please discuss these requests with your doctor.

For any other questions please refer to our FAQs or email enquiries@genomiqa.com.