Do you know your true self? Are you capable of extraordinary athletic feats? No? Maybe? Then quick, get tissue sample from the side of your mouth and mail it to MyGene’s Sports Gene Test.
What the Australian lab does is run the Sports Gene Test, which analyzes 18 gene variants for exercise and fitness information. What for? To map out your overall prowess as an athlete/would-be athlete. MyGene wants to use its research for the benefit of the sporting community so that serious sportsmen will know what they’re good at and where they come short.
But due to the controversy surrounding gene testing the service is only open to people 18 years old and above. So please don’t send your kid’s DNA sample expecting news that he/she is a genius or a superb physical specimen. (Isn’t this oddly reminiscent of that movie Gattaca?) Even the head honcho scientist at MyGene sets the same boundaries: “We don’t feel 100 per cent comfortable with the potential for a child to be discriminated against based on their genotype.”
To keep their research neutral and protect the customer’s dignity, MyGene makes sure it works with anonymous submissions. Don’t send them your name and biographical info; all they need is an address to mail back their findings.