Diagnostic genetic testing: How it works

1. Explore your options and order your test

Work with your doctor to decide which diagnostic test is right for you.

2. Provide a sample

Provide a blood or saliva sample in your doctor's office or collect your saliva sample at home.

3. Get your results and more online

Your results will be ready in 10-21 days after sample receipt and are easily accessed through the online portal.

4. Share your results with family

Our tools help you connect seamlessly with your family.

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Know the potential results

Positive

If you test positive for the disease-causing variant, you have an increased risk of developing disease. In most cases, there are medical management options available to help prevent disease or detect it at an earlier, more treatable stage. Your test may also indicate if you carry a genetic change that does not increase your own risk of developing a specific medical condition, but that may be passed within your family. This is known as carrier status and will be marked on your report as a positive carrier result. Carriers typically do not have symptoms or a family history of the disorder. We strongly recommend that you speak with a licensed, board-certified genetic counselor to review your test result.  

Negative

A negative result means that you do not have a disease-causing variant that is associated with an elevated risk for genetic disease. In most cases, increased screening and preventive measures will not be indicated for you. If you wish, you can review your negative genetic test result with a genetic counselor.

Variant of uncertain significance

This result occurs when we identify a variant in your DNA that has an unknown impact on your risk for disease. Everyone has differences (variants) in their DNA, and most of these differences are not related to disease. In a small number of cases, future research may determine that a variant of uncertain significance (VUS) increases the risk of a disease. In most cases, however, such variants are later found to be completely unrelated to disease risk. Genetic medicine is advancing rapidly and your doctor will be updated as new clinically relevant information about your VUS becomes available. In the meantime, a VUS result should not be used to guide your medical care. If you have questions about your VUS result, you can schedule a genetic counseling appointment.

High-quality genetic testing plus much more

  • Simple, convenient, and affordable testing options
  • Rapid answers in 10-21 calendar days for single-gene and panel tests and 6-8 weeks for exome tests
  • Expert analysis for clear understanding
  • Testing at no charge to clarify risks for your blood relatives if you test positive