Genetic testing has been available for the general public, for nearly 8 years, but interpretation of the data is a specialist’s task. 23andMe (one of the most popular genetic sequencing services) allows users to find out whether their genes are more likely to give them curly hair, blue or green eyes and flush when they drink alcohol. They also provide some basic health related information.

Various independent interpretation services have been developed (ie. Strategene), allowing the 23andMe clients to upload their raw data and receive information on certain mutations their carry.

For nutrigenomics consultations I use: Opus 23 (a software available for practitioners and researchers only). It can analyse the raw data generated from 23andme, ancestry¬†and in greater depth than any other software. It provides many different reports depending on the area being researched. The software was written and programmed by naturopathic physician Dr Peter D’Adamo who is based at Bridgeport University in US.

Four reasons that make Opus23 stand out as an analytic tool:

  1. It references more medical studies (published on the US National Library of Medicine) than any other software. As a results recommendations are based on thorough research.
  2. It uses Artificial Intelligence to identify the conditions most likely to be relevant for the individual carrying those genes.
  3. It uses algorithms of more than 1 gene at a time for metabolic, dietary and lifestyle recommendations.
  4. It integrates the results of uBiome (a stool analysis service) together with your genetic information.