Categories of Genetic Testing
Your genetics can offer you a great deal of information, but understanding the different categories of testing or screening can be confusing. The table below explains the different categories and where ActX fits in the marketplace:

Categories of genetic testing


Ancestry to learn more about your family history and where you came from.

Traits such as eye color and taste preferences that are fun to know but not used in your health care.

Professional medical testing

Pharmacogenomics so you and your physician can choose the best medication and dosage for you as well as avoiding medications that could cause serious side effects based on your genetics.

Hereditary Risk so you and your physician are aware of any serious actionable genetic risk that you may have. For example, this can lead to early preventative testing.

Carrier Status so you and your physician are aware of genetic conditions that do not affect you, but could affect your children if the other parent also has them.

Cancer testing

Tumor or cancer genetics is the genetics of the actual tumor or cancer, which are different than your normal genetics. This can help to personalize treatment.


Entertainment testing

Genetic testing available directly to the consumer, usually online. It requires no professional authorization or review and the FDA limits the information that can be returned.

Professionally reviewed medical genomic testing

Genetic testing authorized and reviewed by your physician in order to personalize your health care. The testing provides in depth clinical information to you and your physician which is much more useful for your medical care.

Professional Testing can be either:

Broad Screening where a broad range of medications and hereditary risks are covered. This enables a preventative and preemptive approach to your healthcare.

Focused Testing for high risk patients with a specific risk or a specific medication or group of medications or for women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy.

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