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Veritas Genetics Review: What You Should Know Before Buying

Veritas Genetics Review: What You Should Know Before Buying

About Veritas Genetics

Veritas Genetics is a genomics company founded in 2014 by George Church, CEO Mirza Cifric, Preston Estep, and Jonathan Zhao. Located in Danvers, MA, USA, the company offers genome sequencing to consumers. With other offices in China and Europe, the company aims to empower healthy living by improving accessibility to genomics worldwide.

Getting Started

One of the most important products that Veritas offers is mygenome, which is a whole genome sequencing and interpretation service.

You can get started with the following steps:

- You can order a myGenome kit online.
- Once you place an order, you will be sent a saliva-collection kit via mail.
- After collecting the sample, you can mail back the kit to the lab.
- The lab will process your sample and generate a report.
- You can then review your results with your healthcare provider or a Veritas genetic counselor.

Image: Getting started with Veritas Genetics

Source: Veritas Genetics website

Veritas Products and Services

Veritas Genetics offers the myGenome testing kit, which is a 30x whole-genome sequencing test.

Medically-Actionable Conditions

In this category, 59 genes associated with diseases covered under categories like heart disease, metabolic condition, neurological disorders, immune disorders, and organ health are analyzed.

Image: Traits in Medically-actionable conditions section

Source: Veritas Genetics website

The Carrier Status Section

In this category, 24 genes associated with several autosomal recessive conditions are analyzed. Recessive conditions require two faulty genes to be expressed in an individual. However, one faulty gene makes a person a “carrier,” and if that person has a kid with another person who’s a carrier of the same faulty genes, there are 25% chances of their kid being affected with this condition.

Image: Traits in the Carrier Status section

Source: Veritas Genetics website

Xcode Life’s Carrier Status Report — 365 conditions — $40!

Risk Section

This contains information about “lower-impact genetic findings” associated with 15 conditions whose risk can be lowered by proactive lifestyle modification.

Image: Traits in the Risk Section

Source: Veritas Genetics website

Drug List

The Pharmacogenomics (PGx) section of the test report identifies how the genetic makeup may influence response to certain medications.

Image: Traits in the Pharmacogenomics section

Source: Veritas Genetics website

Xcode Life’s Personalized Medicine Report — 778 drugs — $40

Traits and Wellness

According to the website, this section of the report includes “50 traits related to athleticism, behavior, cardiovascular, hormones, immune system, longevity, metabolism, nutrition & diet, physical appearance, sensory perception, and substance reaction.”

Image: Traits in the Traits and Wellness section

Source: Veritas Genetics website

Veritas also offers information on your ancestry.

Veritas offers its users two interpretation services:

- myGenome

This service provides insights into disease risks, drug sensitivities, and what one might pass on to the next generation.

- myGenomeDx

This test provides insights into the underlying causes of a genetic condition. It includes insights on the relevant disorder, diagnostic interpretation, and a clinical expert panel review.

Image: Veritas Interpretation Services

Source: Veritas Genetics website

Additionally, Veritas now offers the following tests for COVID-19:

- Rapid Test
- PCR Test
- Antibody Test

Image: Veritas COVID tests

Source: Veritas Genetics website

Veritas runs all its tests using high complexity CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited next-generation sequencing (NGS) laboratories. Customers receive reports within 16 weeks, typically closer to 12 weeks.

Veritas also offers a 15–20 minutes free genetic counseling service with a team of certified genetic counselors.

Veritas Pricing

Customers can choose from three different interpretation services:

Standard: $599

This kit provides information on disease risks and drug sensitivities, covering about 40 carrier genes and about 200 genetic conditions.

Premium: $1,599

This service includes all the standard testing, with additional information on cardiovascular conditions, cancer, and carrier conditions. It covers over 225 carrier conditions and 650 genetic conditions.

Diagnostic: $2,599 — $3,599

The service enables patients with complex medical histories to learn about underlying genetic causes. It may provide patients with medical management options or help make treatment decisions.

Customers can also avail an additional hour of a genetic counseling session with Veritas for $299.

COVID-19 tests at Veritas range from $60 to $120, depending upon the type of test.

About Privacy

Veritas Genetics claims that they stay committed to protecting user privacy by maintaining the confidentiality of personal information, genetic information, and test results.

Veritas may disclose the customer’s protected health information like name, date of birth, social security number, medical record number, social security number, genetic information in the case of payment, treatment, and other purposes required by law.

The company shares genetic testing results with healthcare providers involved in the care of their users. Veritas may use an individual’s protected health information for research purposes under certain circumstances.

Veritas stores all user data on a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant cloud service. It is encrypted and stored for ten years. The company does not share the data with third parties without permission from users.

For further information, read Veritas Genetics Privacy Policy.

What People Say: News & Reviews

News

Veritas has been listed among CNBC Disruptor 50 companies in 2018 and 2019.

Veritas Genetics was the finalist and winner of the 2018 Business Model Innovation Awards for the most innovative low-cost business model.

Veritas Genetics offers affordable genetic testing services by slashing the price of whole-genome sequencing by 40% in 2019.

You can read more news stories of Veritas Genetics on their website.

Reviews

Veritas mostly has positive reviews from all its users. You can read other reviews of Veritas Genetics.

Veritas Genetics Review on Reddit

Veritas Genetics Review on DNATestingChoice

Veritas Genetics Review on Top 10 DNA Tests

Veritas Genetics: Pros & Cons

Pros

- It provides low-cost whole-genome sequencing
- Veritas offers genetic counseling services
- The company runs tests at state-of-the-art CLIA certified labs
- Tests are very convenient with at-home sample collection
- Reports provide actionable insights into user health

Cons

- Some customers reported delays in receiving test reports
- The services are expensive compared to AncestryDNA and 23andMe
- Veritas makes user raw data available only upon request for an additional fee

Veritas ReviewXcode LifeType of genetic testingWhole-genome DNA kitDNA raw data analysisAncestry reportsOffered — BriefNot offeredHealth reportsOfferedOfferedPharmacogenomic reportsOfferedOfferedRaw data uploadNot availableDNA raw data from all major providers accepted. Comprehensive listNumber of reports513PricePrice point ranges from $599 to $3599Reports: $10-$40Bundles: $49-$99Price detailsFree toolsNil3 free tools (Gene Tool, DNA raw data merge, DNA raw data convert) available for allSample reportsOnly trait and gene information availableAvailable as detailed report walkthrough videos

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