If a genetic test seems cheap, most likely you and your genetic data are being sold.
Beware of Genetic Tests that have “cheap” prices. Many of these companies actually sell all or part of your personal information to make up for the actual costs of the test! That’s how they can lower the cost to you! Because AGS is in the business of genetic testing, we are approached frequently by several companies asking us to sell your information to boost our revenue. We will NEVER do that.
For typical consumers, there are a multitude of factors that influence the way we shop and what leads us to make a purchase. Typically, value and quality are first on the list -- but when faced with a tough decision, price usually tips the scale because we all enjoy saving a buck or two.
When it comes to our individual health, splurging is very common. We all have at one point or another found ourselves leaving the grocery store with an extra health item that wasn’t on the grocery list; especially if the deal was Buy One, Get One Free. But we know that nothing is truly free! Now, since genetic testing has become the latest ‘thing’ many of us probably know someone who has gone through the process of DNA testing. If you didn’t have a reason to do it before, your opinionated neighbor may be convincing you. But this is one topic on which we want everyone to do his or her research. In fact, we urge you to gain a deeper understanding before signing on the dotted line...
...and, your decision should have less to do with the price and more to do about the accuracy, comprehensiveness and privacy of the results.
We’ve all heard the term, “There is no such thing as a free lunch!” In this case, it means that whatever goods and services are provided, must be paid for by someone – that is, you don’t get something for nothing. While it may seem to be an easy choice when selecting a genetic test kit to just pick the one with the lowest price, you need to understand that the tests with the lowest price are most likely selling your unique data, and/or their test isn’t very comprehensive.
Either you pay a reasonable price, which creates fair revenue for the genetic company, or you risk your genetic data being sold, shared, compared or worse, being used against you some day. You’ve probably seen these companies advertising their product on TV, in magazines and in the Ad section of your Google searches; some offering their genetic tests for under $100 -- they are only able to do so because they are in the business of collecting your genetic data to sell!
The two biggest genetic data collection companies sell millions of dollars worth of data each year to 3rd parties. So why would 3rd parties want your genetic data and why would they pay so much money for it? Also, how are these genetic testing companies able to sell their products for such a low price? Here are some of the answers:
- Big Pharma wants your genetic data to manufacture more medications.
- Insurance companies want the data to help them determine which customers will cost them less in medication bills.
- In the future, if not already, they could possibly exclude you or me for our “pre-existing” genetic conditions.
- Research companies want the data for working on cures for illnesses.
- Ancestry companies want your data to sell more ancestry tests and increase their database.
- Even dating companies want the data for picking the ideal mate, with reduced medical disease and issues.
It is our opinion, the big genetic data collection companies would probably give tests away for free if customers would not become suspicious and ask why. So they low-ball the tests because these companies need your data! They are not looking to empower you with your unique genetic results. They are not trying to assist you in living healthier lives. They amass huge collections of genetic data from selling cheap $99 and $199 genetic tests...and like fish, their customers take the bait.
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About Advanced Genomic Solutions:
Advanced Genomic Solutions (AGS) empowers our clients to make smarter lifestyle choices based on their unique genes. We simplify and summarize complicated genetic data into an easy to read format for our clients and offer post-testing consultation for free.
Unlike several other genetic companies, AGS does not sell or transfer our client’s data. AGS adheres to strict confidentiality and privacy laws that ensure all our clients genetic information is kept private. No exceptions.
The AGS Health & Wellness test provides clients with actionable data that can be used to tailor nutrition, diet, and fitness choices that best fit them. AGS is an expert and industry pioneer in genomic testing. Fewer companies have sold more tests worldwide. To better serve our clients, AGS owns state-of-the-art genomic laboratories in the United States.
For more information, visit www.ags-health.com