Finding solutions with personal DNA tests

Some customers use them to seek genetic information on ancestry, health risks, diet and sports performance

A personalised DNA test kit sold by Imagene Labs. Experts say that such DNA test results will get more accurate as more research is conducted. Yoga instructor and fitness coach Sandy Law used to see herself as a power athlete best suited to sports th
Instructor and fitness coach Sandy Law used to see herself as a power athlete best suited to sports that require short, intense bursts of energy. But a personalised DNA test conducted by fitness mobile app developer Elxr, Ms Law's employer, found that she was built for endurance sports. The 35-year-old has since added more endurance sports to her exercise routine.ST PHOTO: ZHANG XUAN
A personalised DNA test kit sold by Imagene Labs. Experts say that such DNA test results will get more accurate as more research is conducted. Yoga instructor and fitness coach Sandy Law used to see herself as a power athlete best suited to sports th
A personalised DNA test kit sold by Imagene Labs. Experts say that such DNA test results will get more accurate as more research is conducted. ST FILE PHOTO

Personalised DNA test kits promise to unravel the secrets of a person's ancestry, health and overall genetic make-up.

These days, they are bundled with insurance policies and fitness apps, or can simply be ordered online. Last year, insurance firm Prudential had a promotion where it gave test kits to clients who purchased certain policies.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2018, with the headline 'Finding solutions with personal DNA tests'. Print Edition | Subscribe