International Biosciences Review
November 28, 2017
Bought two years ago and I wish I hadn’t! I got a basic set of reports which didn’t fill me with much confidence, your money is better spent on 23andMe or Genos if you’re interested in your hereditary conditions
International Biosciences review by a DNA Testing Choice user2017-11-28
International Biosciences Review
October 25, 2017
Diet Recommendations & Fitness Planning
Overall I am very satisfied with the results.
International Biosciences review by a DNA Testing Choice user2017-10-25
January 12, 2015
My son convinced me to take this DNA test and I’m very glad I did. I’m reassured that I have a low risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease, Breast Cancer, Skin Cancer and Aneurism. I was concerned, The concerning results were that I have an increased chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes and Migraines (I don’t think I’ve ever had a migraine so this is odd), so I’ve arranged to bring my next check up forward to see what I can do.
International Biosciences review by a DNA Testing Choice user2015-01-12
December 18, 2014
Thanks a lot IB for the excellent work! Now, I know what to do, concerning my health in the future, I really recommend this service to my friends.
International Biosciences review by a DNA Testing Choice user2014-12-18
November 23, 2014
I’ve been concerned about cancer for a while, mainly because of my family history, and this test seemed like a good way of learning more about my risks without having to go to a hospital or a clinic for tests. The International Biosciences team were really friendly and clear about what the test would do.
Although the test results gave me a high predisposition for a few cancers including skin cancer, most of my risks were medium to low. The results also gave me the confidence to speak to a doctor, which I finally did last week, about my concerns, and I feel much better about my risks and how to manage them. I’m glad I took this test.
International Biosciences review by a DNA Testing Choice user2014-11-23
A tremendous relief: 5 out of 5
September 9, 2014
What with everything in the news about Angelina Jolie’s mastectomy last year, I also decided to have a DNA test to see my breast cancer risk. International Biosciences’ genetic predisposition test told me I had a very low genetic risk of developing breast cancers which was a huge load off my mind. Obviously this test doesn’t cover all the genes that are linked to breast cancer (I’d been quoted £1,200 for testing the BRCA 1+2 genes with another company) but it did cover nine different markers that have a proven link with breast cancer for a quarter of the price, not to mention giving me disease risks for another 24 conditions.
5 out of 5 for this DNA test!
International Biosciences review by a DNA Testing Choice user2014-09-09
Fascinating but unsettling
July 21, 2014
IBDNA’s predisposition test was fascinating. I’d read about it in the Sun and as type 2 diabetes runs in my family, I wanted to know if I was likely to get it too. Apparently I have a moderate chance of developing diabetes, but a higher than average chance of developing a few other conditions such as prostate cancer – definitely food for thought. Clearly not everyone would want to know about these things, but I did and I’m glad I took the test.
International Biosciences review by a DNA Testing Choice user2014-07-21
May 12, 2014
Bought this DNA test after reading a newspaper article. Thought I was a pretty healthy person but wanted to see what my genes say.
Really simple test, you’ve just got to put some blood spots on a piece of card so they get your DNA profile. Was really glad to find out I was at low risk of most conditions (including Alzheimer’s) but I have a high risk of coronary disease – I already knew I had high cholesterol so this wasn’t a major surprise.
Basically the test does what it says and was worth buying.
International Biosciences review by a DNA Testing Choice user2014-05-12
Editor's Review: Genetic Predisposition DNA Test
January 16, 2014
International Biosciences were offering a wide range of DNA tests - I took their genetic predisposition test to establish the likelihood that I would suffer with certain diseases later in life.Product Expectations
I was told the test would determine my genetic predisposition to 25 conditions including cancers, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes and obesity. A sample report was provided so I could see exactly what I was ordering.
The website explained the test in detail, its limitations, and said that I may wish to consult my doctor before ordering. There was an FAQ section, and the implications of having a genetic predisposition to certain conditions were described. I was told that in some cases, the report may lead to an early diagnosis.
There was a medical glossary on the site, and another page displayed the terms and conditions of the test – International Biosciences clearly stated they do not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.Ordering Experience
The ordering process was a little strange – after clicking to buy the test I was initially sent to a paternity testing page! After finding the right page and adding the genetic predisposition test to the shopping cart, the checkout process was really clunky.
I received the kit within three working days - it contained a ‘finger prick tester’ so I could provide a drop of blood as a sample. Be warned, using the tester hurts a bit! Notes within the kit advised that the test may prove life-changing and I should prepare myself for the results. After sending off my sample I received confirmation of receipt the next day.The Results
Just over three weeks later I received my results as a PDF file attached to an email – the document was 34 pages long.
The first section was titled ‘Before looking at your results’ and it briefly explained that the test is for genetic mutations in my DNA called SNPs (or Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms). I was told that only mutations inherited by at least 1% of the population are reported on, and I was advised that the report does not replace a medical professional. It was explained that at times my ethnicity would be relevant and the report would indicate when.
A second section explained how I should interpret the report (shown the below) which was very thorough. At all times I felt International Biosciences were really making an effort to help me understand what my results actually meant.[image5] Results Section: Summary of your results
After this my results were summarised. I was shown to have a high genetic risk for atrial fibrillation ( 30.7% compared to the average 25%), Graves’ disease ( 6.1% compared to the average 1%), lupus ( 0.9% compared to the average 0.25%), psoriasis ( 80% compared to the average 11.4%) and type 2 diabetes ( 72% compared to the average 24%). My high risks are shown below.[image1]
I have to admit that I didn't know what most of these conditions were and so had to look them up. It was interesting that I was given a high risk for psoriasis as I’d suffered with this when I was younger. My predisposition to type 2 diabetes is definitely a concern, so I've decided to try exercising more often - I’ve read that maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of suffering with diabetes later in life.
It was surprising that for some conditions, even though my genetic risk was higher than average, the risk itself was still tiny. For example, a 0.9% genetic risk of lupus may be higher than average but it doesn’t sound like a risk I should be worried about.
The summary also listed ten conditions that I had a medium genetic risk of suffering with, shown below.[image2]
Another ten conditions were listed where my risk was low (shown below). For the low genetic risks, I noticed Alzheimer’s disease was listed (a 3.3% risk compared to the average 6%) which was a massive relief as this runs in my family.[image3] Results Section: Condition details
After this, the report devoted a page to each of the 25 diseases, explaining what they were and who tended to suffer with them. One table showed my estimated lifetime risk vs. the average lifetime risk for each disease, another listed the genetic markers in my DNA that were associated with it.
A pie chart for each disease showed what proportion of the population had a higher, equal, or lower chance of suffering with it compared to me. Another pie chart showed what proportion of the risk for each disease was environmental vs. genetic, which really put the results into context for me.
The page devoted to my Alzheimer's results is shown below.[image4] Summary
In summary, I was very impressed with the genetic predisposition test from International Biosciences. I learned a great deal about myself and at all times the information was interpreted in a way that I felt comfortable with. I understood the limitations of the test right from the start, and I found the explanations to be excellent.
If I could suggest one improvement, it would be to include a reference to the studies that link a particular mutation to a disease – I think this would have improved my understanding of the results.
All things considered, I would highly recommend this test to someone who wanted to learn about their genetic predisposition to the 25 diseases listed.
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International Biosciences review by a DNA Testing Choice user2014-01-16