When will I get the test results?
Upon successful sample collection and testing, your results will be shared with your physician in 28 business days.
How will I get the test results?
Your results will be given only to your consulting physician who will then share them with you.
Can LifeCell help me understand the genetic test results?
Yes! A certified genetic counsellor shall be available to talk to you throughout the process at no additional cost. A genetic counselor is a healthcare professional who has extensive training to help you understand how your family and personal health history may increase your risk or your children’s risk. They will gather your information, interpret your test results, lay out all the options, treatments, and explain any risks besides answering all your questions so you can make healthcare decisions that are right for you. They can help find peace of mind or reduce anxiety by providing the right information about the test results.We want you to be empowered by Genome- Scope not just left with more questions!
Do I have to pay additional fees for the genetic counselling session?
For all Clients who sign up for our Genome-Scope test, the pre- and post- genetic counselling service by qualified genetic counsellors will be provided.
What happens during the genetic counselling appointment session?
It’s important for the genetic counselor to have a complete picture of your family history. Before your appointment, try to gather as much information as possible from your family members and obtain any relevant medical records. For example, your and your partner’s ancestry and ethnic history Information about current and past pregnancies, medical and health history, including major illnesses, chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, and medications, health history of blood relatives, including children, siblings, half-siblings and their children, parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. You should anticipate an informative and thoughtful conversation that often lasts thirty minutes to an hour or longer.
What if my baby develops symptoms afterwards?
LifeCell shall offer a one time free of cost re-analysis within the initial two years from the date of birth of the Child, only on genes specific to symptoms of the associated disease. The results shall be shared within five days. LifeCell may require additional documentation, including clinical information, depending on the details of the Client’s requests.
What if I the baby develops the symptoms after the initial two years?
After the initial two years, if LifeCell has not deleted the Client's genomic sequencing data, Client may request re-analysis of Client’s genomic sequencing data for an additional fee of ₹4,000 (INR Four Thousand only).
How accurate and reliable are the test results?
Genome-Scope uses an advanced next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology to obtain DNA sequencing data with >95% accuracy.
How well can this test predict a certain disease?
Humans have ~20,000 genes with diverse functions. Genome-Scope collects data on ~4200 clinically relevant genes, but the reporting approach has been designed in such a manner to maximize benefit while minimizing uncertainty. Hence, we report changes in ~1200 genes in newborns which have strong evidence of role in disease development and >80% probability of manifestation into disease. For the remaining ~3000 genes, we report the changes in these genes only in newborns with symptoms since these genes have moderate evidence of role in disease development and 20-80% probability of manifestation into disease.
How useful is the information to improve treatment or choices?
Genome-Scope identifies and reports on conditions where today either treatment exists that helps in early diagnosis and initiating prompt treatment thereby allowing the baby to have a better quality of life and lowering the overall treatment costs. If the treatment for the disease currently does not exist the knowledge of this is still vital as it helps reduce the diagnostic odyssey for an ill child, guide the family in preparing for the care of an ill child, and aid in future reproductive planning.
What if the test results come positive?
A positive result may:
- identify a likely diagnosis of a genetic condition.
- identify a predisposition or an increased risk for developing a genetic disease in the future
- have implications for other family members
- identify medications or dosages that are not safe or effective for the child
A negative test results may be interpreted that the baby will not get any of these genetic conditions in future?
A negative result does not necessarily rule out a disorder. It must be interpreted that it:
- reduced but does not eliminate the possibility of a genetic condition.
- reduces but does not eliminate predisposition or risk of developing a genetic disease in future.
- does not remove the need for additional testing.
What is Pharmacogenomics?
Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs. This relatively new field combines pharmacology (the science of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes and their functions) to develop effective, safe medications and doses that will be tailored to a person’s genetic makeup. Many drugs that are currently available are “one size fits all,” but they don't work the same way for everyone. It can be difficult to predict who will benefit from a medication, who will not respond at all, and who will experience negative side effects (called adverse drug reactions).Pharmacogenomics use your genetic map to figure out how you will respond to a medication or certain treatments, for example Warfarin (for prevention of heart attacks and strokes) and Citalopram (commonly used to treat depression).