The following announcement was shared by Family Tree DNA on 16 October 2019:
Dear FamilyTreeDNA Customer,
For the last 20 years, you have allowed us to join you on your journey of discovering your ancestry, and for that, we are so grateful.
Today, we are excited to announce the next step in our journey with you!
For many years now, our own Genomics Research Center – Gene By Gene, has been searching for a medical/wellness product to offer our customers to help them live longer and healthier lives. We are excited to announce that FamilyTreeDNA has partnered with former employee and the founder of Tovana Health, Dr. Gidon Akler, to bring you the Tovana Health Report that will soon be available to purchase as an add-on test if you have taken Family Finder*.
Given Dr. Akler’s unique background in General Medicine, Medical Genetics, and Computer Science, he would not settle on a health test that would be “just one more.” As for us, a company that pioneered the direct-to-consumer ancestry testing market, and as the only company among our competitors with an in-house lab, we agree with Dr. Akler’s approach. Therefore, we have worked with Tovana Health to bring this product to the market.
Unlike other “health” tests available in the market, the Tovana Health Report is not based on microarray technology and does not just test for specific ‘point mutations.’ The Tovana Health Report, which initially will have a limited release, is the world’s most complete health package. It observes mutations within entire exons by testing the Whole Exome.
This revolutionary, exome-based solution looks at thousands of genes and reports on hundreds of different diseases relating to reproductive health, cancer, organ issues, the “ACMG 59,” along with nutritional genomics, diet, and fitness. This makes the Tovana Health Report the most comprehensive health report available in the direct-to-consumer market. Because of its depth and comprehensiveness, it includes physician pre-approval as well as optional post-testing genetic counseling.
Our goal is to empower you to make more informed decisions about your health, and we believe the FamilyTreeDNA Tovana Health Report is the first step in doing so.
Again, we want to thank you for allowing us to join you in your journey of discovery, and we look forward to continuing the journey with you as we persevere in looking for new and meaningful products to offer you, our customer.
Bennett Greenspan, President & Founder
*Does not include Autosomal Transfers
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