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The science behind tellmeGen

Each one of your cells contains unique genetic material which makes you different from other human beings. This genetic material is similar to an enormous spiral staircase where genetic information such as your risk of a heart attack or your drug response, is contained on some of the steps.

This genetic material is formed by 3000 million base pairs of which 98% are identical to the rest of the human race. Therefore there are 10 million SNP (simple nucleotide mutations) which determine the variations (state of health, differentiating traits, etc.) in different persons.

Thanks to the advances in Medicine, Genetics and Biotechnology we are able to read this change in the nucleotide and put it together with existing studies to offer this valuable information for tellmeGen.

In TellmeGen we work with more than 900 SNPs that can be found in leading scientific journals such as “Nature, Cell, New England Journal of Medicine”. We work only with those studies that present a minimum of 700 cases and controls, and in which the results are statistically significant with a p value less than 0,005, although the majority of the studies present a quantity of cases and controls much higher and a p value less than 0,001.