Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is found in nearly every cell in the body. Saliva contains two main cell types — each carrying your DNA in their nucleus: buccal epithelial cells (skin from your cheek) and white blood cells. Saliva yields virtually the same amount of DNA by volume (and the same DNA quality) as blood but is less invasive to collect. Fun fact: 11% of the DNA we’ll get is from bacteria in your mouth, but don’t worry, we can tell which DNA is bacterial and which is human!
Pro tip: Having trouble salivating? Think about 🍋 lemons!
Your body sends hormones through your bloodstream to reach other parts of your body, where they control growth, metabolism, reproduction, and more. This makes blood the most accurate way to measure your hormone levels. Luckily—instead of taking a full tube of blood from your arm—we can get accurate measurements from a finger prick.
Pro tip: getting your hands nice and warm before testing can improve circulation! Run them under hot water for at least a minute before you begin your test.
We are here for you! You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a call and we’ll stay on the phone with you while you collect your sample. You’ve got this!