Free genetic tests offered to propel medical research, the All of Us program builds the “most diverse database”
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of us The research program offers free genetic testing, just in time for Father’s Day.
The free genetic testing kit offers a unique opportunity to uncover your ancestral past and learn more about your own health.
By participating in the NIH program, researchers will be able to study your findings in hopes of better understanding how certain genetic traits affect underrepresented communities, which could greatly affect the future of personalized health care.
Matthew Thombs, senior project manager of digital health technologies at Scripps Research, told 8NewsNow how participants would feel when they enrolled in the study. He also explained why he is proud to be part of the All of us Research program:
“I joined the All of us Research program just over a year ago and have fallen in love with its mission to create the largest and most diverse health resource ever. I lost a close family member a few years ago to an illness that I thought could have been managed by changing their lifestyle. What we are building will provide researchers with the information necessary to draw such conclusions and forever change the way diseases are treated. I hope what we are doing here will help my son grow up in a world where health care is more of a priority and where many of the diseases we see today are a thing of the past.
You can register for the program online or by downloading the All of us mobile application from the iOS or Android application store. Once the app is open, you will create a personal profile, sign the necessary consent forms, and decide if you would like to receive a saliva kit as well. The test kit will be mailed to you free of charge and will include a prepaid mailing label for returning your sample.
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- Create an online profile, answer health surveys, donate DNA sample, share health records
- Researchers study the data to look for patterns of what affects the participant’s health
- Participants receive their results to learn more about their ancestors, unique genetic traits
- Researchers share their findings on how healthcare can be tailored for different people
Thombs says that a fun aspect of The All of us The research program learns more about traits that may have been passed on to you. Can you roll your tongue like your father? Is Caffeine Sensitivity Found In Your Family?
You may even find that you need to modify or remove something from your diet to improve your health or help you feel better. The results of your test kit provide you with information about “what makes you”.
The information collected is also shared anonymously with more than 800 researchers seeking medical discoveries for COVID-19, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and other conditions.
INVITATION TO JOIN THE RESEARCH PROGRAM
Thombs says Le All of us The research program strives to create a diverse community of one million or more participants across the country to help researchers learn more about how genetics, environment, and lifestyle affect health. individuals, especially those from communities who have been largely excluded from this type of research. programs.
“We want to be able to move research forward,” Thombs said.
Perhaps your genetic makeup allows you to recover from certain illnesses and be in excellent health. This data is invaluable and can help someone whose body is struggling with the same disease. To understand how humans work and what makes us sick, all humans need to be included in research studies.
According to Thombs, participants can provide as much or as little information as they want, “every data point matters.”
Do not hesitate to visit the All of us www.joinallofus.org/health for more information.