The Genetic Predisposition Test is provided with the understanding that neither International Biosciences nor its licensors or suppliers are engaged in providing medical, legal, or other professional services or advice. The content is intended solely for your informational purposes and is not intended as medical advice, or to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. It is also not intended as a replacement for professional advice and services from a doctor or qualified health professional familiar with your personal medical history.
While certain genetic markers, in this case SNPs, are associated with a higher incidence of certain diseases or health conditions in certain populations, accessing your genetic information through International Biosciences does not translate into a personal prediction. This is the case for several reasons:
- Firstly, genetic information is usually just one factor in whether a person develops a disease or other health-related traits. Other factors include environmental conditions and how your genetic profile responds to these external conditions (gene/environment interactions).
- Secondly, current understanding of the genetics of any particular disease or condition may be incomplete. For example, we may know that a particular SNP in a gene is associated, by proxy, with a disease, but not that a yet-unidentified SNP in another gene is also associated with that disease. Even after identifying a second, third or even fourth gene associated with a genetically complex disease, it is still unclear if these genes work in unison or independently. SNP associations also do not necessarily identify the biologically relevant factors involved in a disease, but may simply be locational markers that flag a particular genetic involvement.
- Thirdly, gene/disease associations are typically based on ethnicity, and studies are generally conducted in limited populations. That is, 1) they may provide understanding of a disease in a specific population, but not to any single member of the population, and 2) the associations may not have been studied in many world populations and may not apply in the same or similar ways across populations.
The genetic information provided by International Biosciences about potential health conditions should not be used to estimate your overall risk of future disease. The available genetic information could indicate higher risk and you might never get the disease. The available genetic information could indicate lower or average risk and you might already have or get the disease in the future. Furthermore, the International Biosciences Genetic Predisposition Test is not designed to diagnose disease or medical conditions, and it is not intended to be medical advice. If you have concerns or questions about what you learn through International Biosciences, you should contact your doctor or other appropriate professional.
You should seek the advice of a doctor or other qualified health professional with whom you have such a relationship if you have questions regarding any medical or psychiatric condition, or if you are experiencing any symptoms of, or believe you may have any medical or psychiatric condition, regardless of any information contained within your Genetic Predisposition Report. You should not ignore professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of your Genetic Predisposition Report or any other content. Furthermore, you should not interpret your Genetic Predisposition Report or any other content as recommending any specific treatment plan, product or course of action. You should always consult your doctor or other qualified health professional before starting any new treatment or stopping any treatment that has been prescribed for you by your doctor or other qualified health professional.
By ordering an International Biosciences Genetic Predisposition Test you agree to be bound by the General Terms and Conditions, Genetic Predisposition Terms and Conditions and:
- You understand that Genetic Predisposition information you learn from International Biosciences is not designed to diagnose, prevent, or treat any condition or disease or to ascertain the state of your health and that you understand that the International Biosciences Genetic Predisposition services are intended for educational, informational, and research purposes only. You acknowledge that International Biosciences urges you to seek the advice of health professionals if you have questions or concerns arising from your genetic information.
- You give permission to International Biosciences, its contractors, and assignees to perform genotyping services on the DNA extracted from your blood sample and to disclose the results of analyses performed on your DNA to you and others whom you specifically authorise.
- You certify that you are sixteen (16) years of age or older.
- You are guaranteeing that the sample you provide is your blood; if you are completing the consent form on behalf of a person for whom you have legal responsibility, you are confirming that the sample provided is the sample of that person. If you are a customer outside Canada, by providing your sample, you confirm that this act is not subject to any export ban or restriction in the country in which you reside.
- You agree that your blood sample and data may be transferred and/or processed outside the country in which you reside.
- You are warranting that you are not an insurance company or an employer attempting to obtain information about an insured person or an employee.
- You are aware that some of the information you receive may provoke strong emotion.
- You take responsibility for all possible consequences resulting from your sharing access to your genetic and other contributed information.
- You understand that your genetic and other contributed personal information will be stored in International Biosciences research databases, and authorised personnel of International Biosciences will conduct research using said databases.
- You acknowledge that International Biosciences may enter into partnerships with other non-profit or commercial organisations to conduct scientific research on data collected by International Biosciences. You give permission to International Biosciences, its assigns, and its non-profit and commercial partners conducting scientific research to publish results of research as described herein.
- You understand that you should not expect any financial benefit from International Biosciences as a result of having your genetic data processed or shared with research partners, including commercial partners.
- You agree that you have the authority, under the laws of the country, state or jurisdiction in which you reside, to provide this consent.
- The Client has three months to send their samples back to the Company from the Order of Service. If the Client fails to send the samples within this time frame, the account will be closed. The Company will charge a reactivation fee of $95 to re-open the account and process any samples sent.