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Changing Lives Through DNA Genetic Testing
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Want to Lose Weight. What’s Your Effort Score?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 27, 2018 1:37:07 PM / by Kelly Harkins posted in Motivation, Genetic Testing 101 5 min read time

For those of you who have purchased an AGS Premium Health & Wellness Genetic test or those who are undecided on which test to buy (Premium or Lite), here is one thing to know. One major difference between the Premium and Lite Genetic Tests is the proprietary AGS Health Awareness and Effort Score that is exclusively available in the Premium report only.

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The Benefits of Genetic Testing for Athletes

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 31, 2017 3:37:27 PM / by Catherine Levesque posted in Exercise, Genetic Testing 101 3 min read time

You’re a gym junkie, a Crossfit enthusiast, hot-yoga devotee

Fitness is an integral part of who you are, and whether it be in the weight room, on the track, or in the pool, you’re constantly striving to improve your performance.

Perhaps you’ve hit a plateau in your - a point in your athletic career when you’re doing all the “right” things, but don’t seem to be making any progress. Your goals are in sight, but just out of reach. How do you get there?


Whatever your goal, however ambitious, an AGS at home genetic test can help:

Success starts with the ultimate training schedule. You know you need to engage in both strength and endurance exercises for optimal fitness, but how much of each? Would you benefit more from going for another run, or by swapping a day of cardio for resistance training?

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Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions About Genetic Tests

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 10, 2017 10:10:08 AM / by Alex Olson posted in Genetic Testing 101, FAQ's 3 min read time

When considering a DNA genetic test, many questions arise, or they should. It is important to ask questions and to educate yourself before purchasing any test. At AGS, our mission is to empower all our clients with unique and actionable genetic data enabling smarter lifestyle choices. In doing so, we focus on educating our clients first before they buy a test! We also do this to make genetics more approachable and less scary. In the process of educating prospective buyers, we get asked many questions on a regular basis -- here are top five questions we at AGS are asked about prior to purchasing a test:


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Injury Prone?  A Look at the GDF-5 Gene in genetic test results.

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 12, 2017 8:53:09 AM / by Catherine Levesque posted in Genetic Testing 101 3 min read time

Injuries - as much as we try to avoid them, they seem to be inevitable. Whether it be a pulled muscle, a sprained ankle, or a broken bone, we’ve pretty much all suffered from one at some point in our lives. But did you know, some of us are genetically wired to be more injury prone than others?

As usual, we have our genes to blame...


Background Info:

Deep within chromosome 20 lies GDF-5, a gene that plays a critical role in our susceptibility to injury. It gets its name from the protein it encodes for: Growth Differentiation Factor-5. This gene is known to influence both the growth and maintenance of bones, muscles, and tendons.

Before we dive into GDF-5 and why it’s important, let’s get a few definitions out of the way.

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Why do my DNA test results have contradictions?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 29, 2017 1:40:37 PM / by The AGS Team posted in Genetic Testing 101 2 min read time

We often hear this question during the one-on-one complimentary consultations between our clients and our nutrition counselors and thought it would be a good idea to discuss the answer publicly.


Many people assume that science is always conclusive. Sometimes it is, but often answers are not as simple as how they appear in our textbooks. Understanding what our genetics tells us can be tricky, and there is a bit of interpretation involved when evaluating test results that a software algorithm puts out.


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