Free Tool Helps Physicians and Individuals Check Alzheimer's Risk (APOE Genotype) and Heart Drug Response Using 23andMe Data

Xcode Life has now made it possible for individuals and physicians to use DNA raw data from 23andMe, Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA, Living DNA or My Heritage DNA for information on Alzheimer's risk and Plavix metabolism for free without having to purchase full-fledged health reports.

Xcode Life' free Alzheimer's risk and Plavix metabolism report

​​​One in 10 Americans over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s disease. The APOE genotype markers were recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Xcode Life’s free Alzheimer’s report allows users to upload their DNA raw data and learn about their APOE status and hence their genetic risk predisposition to this condition. Early knowledge of this risk may help health care providers and individuals implement risk mitigation strategies proactively.

With more than 21 million prescriptions since its FDA approval in 1997, Plavix or Clopidogrel is widely used to prevent heart attack and stroke, treat severe chest pain and improve blood circulation to the limbs. However, this drug also carries an FDA black box warning indicating that certain individuals may need dose modification or may not respond to this drug which has been shown to depend on their genetic type. Individuals or health care providers who have their DNA raw data from ancestry genetic companies like 23andMe, Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA and other companies can now upload this data for free and learn about the genetic metabolizer status for this drug using the Xcode Life Plavix metabolism report. This information may help physicians in prescribing the appropriate dose or an alternate medication.

There are currently several million individuals globally who have availed an ancestry test from companies such as 23andMe who are offering such services. Besides ancestry information, a plethora of health-related information can be gathered from these tests. Xcode Life, a global personal genomics company specializes in providing a variety of health-related reports to individuals and health care practitioners who possess ancestry DNA test raw data.

Genetic information empowers individuals and healthcare providers in providing optimal care. By providing actionable genetic information on widely used drugs and prevalent conditions for free, Xcode Life aims to create a tangible impact towards implementation of precision and personalized healthcare worldwide.

Dr. Abdur Rub

Co-founder and CTO, Xcode Life

Xcode Life already offers a suite of free tools for data analysis and is a leading provider of free and paid tools for DNA raw data analysis. The two new tools would enable physicians and individuals to avail important health-related information from their DNA raw data.

Xcode Life was established in 2011 to provide genetic testing and analysis services. They specialize in DNA raw data analysis and interpretation providing various reports including Nutrition, Fitness, Health, Skin, Allergy, Carrier Status, BRCA and Breast Cancer, Ancestry, Precision Medicine and Methylation and MTHFR reports. Xcode Life is the only company to accept all types of raw data in any format, including genotyping and sequencing files.

Xcode Life released two other free tools last month: the Interformat data converter tool converts DNA raw data from one format to another and the Multi-Merge tool helps to merge raw data from multiple companies, giving users access to more than 200,000 additional gene markers. Overwhelming response from users about these tools has encouraged the release of more such tools to the consumer DNA testing community.

Visit https://www.xcode.life for more information.

Source: Xcode Life


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Xcode Life is a privately held personal genomics and biotechnology company founded in 2011. They specialize in providing expert-curated health and lifestyle related genetic reports to a global customer base.