Death is inevitable. Not everyone here on Earth lives forever – we all know that. According to Ecology.com on its birth and death rates statistics, 151,600 people die each day. This was back in 2011, the number may have increased 7 years later.
And even though this number includes accidents, we all know many of these deaths are caused by sickness and diseases.
Some of these sicknesses are undeniably common like hypertension, diabetes, and cancer. However, did you know that some of these diseases may actually be lurking in our genetic makeup without any manifestation in the family? I didn’t, until now…
Cordlife PlumCare™ DNA Advisor
Last Friday, along with media, my co-bloggers, and several influencers, we learned about PlumCare™ DNA Advisor. Cordlife, the first and only DOH-registered blood back facility in the Philippines, has been serving Filipino families for the last 8 years.
|Cordlife and Genscreen partner to bring us PlumCare™ DNA Advisor|
Cordlife Genscreen® introduces PlumCare™ DNA Advisor, which was developed by Dr. Petros Tsipouras, a specialist in clinical genetics and an adjunct professor at the Yale University School of Medicine, and Dr. Paul Billings, a specialist in genomic medicine.
So what does PlumCare™ DNA Advisor do?
PlumCare™ DNA Advisor can help Filipino families detect potentially disease-causing genetic variants, made possible through a thorough analysis of the DNA of each family member. Designed for families of 3 or more, the test relies on cutting-edge sequencing technology and on a wealth of big data to provide meaningful and actionable insights into a family’s genetic make-up. Many hereditary diseases can be prevented or managed if detected early enough.
Testing Now in Preparation for the Future
How many times have we said, “kung alam ko lang sana ‘to dati…“?
This is what PlumCare™ DNA Advisor wants to help us with so we won’t have to say this phrase in the future.
“Awareness of specific genetic variants can enable families to make more informed health choices and even take proactive preventative measures, when and where applicable,” said Michael Weiss, the Group CEO of Cordlife Limited.
“We believe this new service will empower families to better manage health risks for conditions they may be predisposed to. We wanted to specifically ensure the wonderful people of the Philippines could share in the benefits Cordlife’s diagnostic business is delivering to other countries in the region.”
DNA Sequencing and How It’s Done
PlumCare™ DNA Advisor uses Whole Exome Sequencing (WES), which effectively maps out the exact composition or sequence of approximately 20,000 genes where nearly 85% if disease-causing DNA variations are found.
Is it a scary process?
Parokya ni Edgar’s lead vocalist, Chito Miranda can attest that the process is 100% hassle-free. He should know because he, Neri and Miggy have already undergone the DNA sequencing and had themselves tested.
|Celebs Iya Villania interviewing Chito Miranda about his experience with the PlumCare™ DNA Advisor process.|
DNA sequencing is done by collecting DNA from adults and children 6 and above using a saliva tube which is included in the collection kit. Collection from children 6 and below are done using swab sponge.
The test specimens are then sent to high-quality and reliable genetic testing laboratory in the US, where PlumCare is based, with results available within 60 days after receipt of the sample by the US lab. Genetic counselors are then available to give advice to help you make the necessary lifestyle adjustment or preventative care.
DNA sequencing is definitely something that helps parents take charge of their family’s health which can possibly help prevent serious illnesses in the future.
Take charge of your family’s health with PlumCare™ DNA Advisor.
Find out about PlumCare™ DNA Advisor at www.gensreen.asia/ph/DNAadvisor or schedule a consultation by calling (02) 470 1735 and (02) 332 1888 or +63 998 949 6064 via mobile.