PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kashi Clinical Laboratories today announced that its Defy Your DNA genetic risk assessment testing is now available for consumers to order directly. Consumers interested in learning how their own genes affect their overall health can choose from a menu of available test panels, including a Comprehensive Health and Wellness Package, Essential Genetics Package, and Cellular Age (telomere length) test.
“Our team has recognized that an increasing number of patients want to take a more proactive role in understanding and guiding their own health,” said Kashi founder and Chief Executive Officer Zahra Kashi, PhD, HCLD. “Making Defy Your DNA available for consumer ordering helps health-minded customers learn more about how their personal genetic profiles can influence their health. Providing access to Kashi’s high-quality lab results empowers consumers with information to help manage their own health.”
Consumers purchase tests at www.DefyYourDNA.net and receive a kit that allows them to self-collect a DNA sample using painless buccal swabs. Customers use a prepaid mailer to send the completed kit to Kashi, where the samples are processed and tested in Kashi’s CLIA-licensed, CAP-certified laboratory. Results are returned to customers via a secure web portal.
Notably, Kashi does not sell or share customers’ genetic results with third parties, unlike several other companies that offer risk assessment testing.
“Our goal is to enable self-health, and safety and privacy are critical components of that,” said Dr. Kashi. “It’s important to our customers that we provide results only to them. We don’t resell data in any form.”
Kashi also offers a Wellness Result Review that allows customers to discuss their results with a wellness specialist. This helps ensure that consumers understand their personal results in the context of genetic risk. Kashi encourages consumers to share their results with their healthcare providers, at the patient’s discretion.
About Kashi Clinical Laboratories
Kashi Clinical Labs is a Portland-based company offering genetic testing for screening, diagnosis, prognosis, and monitoring. Kashi’s dedicated team provides high-quality, actionable results to physicians and patients. With Defy Your DNA, Kashi has expanded to offer consumer-initiated testing. Learn more at www.kashilab.com and www.defyyourdna.net.