The terms ‘genetics’ and ‘genomics’ are often used interchangeably when it comes to DNA testing, but actually quite different. Genetic testing assesses the risk posed to the patient for lifestyle disorders or diseases (Diabetes, PCOS etc.), while genomic testing studies gene mutations that drive the behaviour of this disease, its aggressiveness and extent of spread.
To conduct any of these tests, obtaining DNA samples through dried blood spot testing has been practiced for decades now. However, over the last few years, saliva testing has also come to prominence, as it is painless, and can be used easily especially for children with behavioural disorders. While the DNA gathered through both tests is of high quality, we recommend practicing the dried blood testing approach, especially in the current times.
In light of the recent Covid panemic, we need to be extremely cautious about our health and hygiene. Handling saliva swabs without proper preventive measures is quite risky. In fact, the process of dried blood testing is fairly simple as well as safe. Individuals can even take their own samples with a testing kit, that includes a sterile finger prick lancet and blotting paper. Taking this route ensures we are taking hygienic measures not only for oneself, but for others too.
For more details on dried blood testing, we have our experts who can help you walk through the process, you can share your details with us and we will get in touch.
Drafted By : Dr. Amol Raut
Edited By : Dr. Amol Raut
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