Frequently asked questions

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A genetic test will reveal changes (or mutations) in your genes that may or may not cause illnesses or diseases.

“SuperDNA genetic testing is a genetic screening that is available directly to consumers, without the need for a healthcare provider’s involvement. It analyses DNA, RNA, or proteins to detect changes or mutations in the genetic material of an individual.

It can be used to confirm or rule out a suspected genetic condition, diagnose a genetic disorder, or identify carrier status for genetic conditions.

It can also be used to determine a person’s risk of developing certain diseases, such as cancer or heart disease, based on their genetic makeup. It also allows individuals to learn more about their genetic makeup, including their ancestry, and traits.”

SuperDNA genetic testing involves collecting a sample of an individual’s DNA, typically through a buccal swab or saliva sample. The DNA is then analyzed to provide information about the individual’s genetic makeup and any potential health risks.

The different types of genetic tests available include ancestry testing, health risk testing, carrier testing, nutrigenomic testing, paternity testing, pharmacogenomic testing, clinical genetic tests and others.

Clinical genetic testing is typically performed in a medical setting and is used to diagnose or assess the risk of a specific genetic condition. Consumer genetic testing is typically purchased directly by individuals and is used to provide information about ancestry, health risks, and other traits.

The benefits of consumer genetic testing include gaining insight into one’s genetic makeup, and potentially identifying potential genetic risks in order to take preventative measures.

No, sample type will not affect your results because your saliva and blood contain the same DNA. DNA from the same person will generate the same genetic results.

It is important to research the reputation and accreditation of a genetic testing company before undergoing testing. It is also recommended to consult with a healthcare provider or genetic counselor for guidance.

Your DNA will never change, so you only need to take a DNA test once in your lifetime.

The DNA that we are born with does not change over time. If your child has taken a genetic testing that is based on Whole Genome Sequencing (for instance, SuperDNA Ultimate DNA test), they do not have to take another DNA test again. In addition, they would be able to get lifetime updates of their DNA report based on advances in genetic research.

Preparing for consumer genetic testing typically involves reviewing the instructions provided by the testing company and ensuring that the sample is collected properly and sent in a timely manner.

Before taking a SuperDNA genetic test, it is important to understand the potential risks and benefits of the test, as well as the limitations of the test and the company providing the service. It is also important for you to read the informed consent form before taking the test. Call 010-824 1238 for free pre-test counselling if you are not sure where to start.

Our genetics tests are suitable for individuals of all ages. In the case of a newborn, testing can be done from the moment of birth to detect early on-set conditions that require immediate medical intervention using a buccal swab kit.

We ship our sample collection kits to South East Asia region at the moment. Just select your country during checkout. After we receive your sample and decode your DNA, your genomic data and reports will be available through your account on our website. If your country is outside from the list of countries, kindly contact 010-824 1238 for more assistance.

Consumer genetic testing information is generally considered relevant for an individual’s lifetime, but it is important to understand that new research and discoveries may impact the interpretation and relevance of genetic testing results over time. That is why SuperDNA will provide lifetime report updates for existing customers as and when there are new discoveries that are relavant to genetic testing.

While consumer genetic testing is generally considered safe and low-risk, there are potential risks associated with the testing, including the possibility of receiving unexpected or concerning results, the potential impact on an individual’s mental health and wellbeing, and the risk of genetic information being used for discriminatory purposes. It is important to carefully consider these risks before undergoing genetic testing and to consult with a healthcare provider or genetic counselor for further guidance.

Consumer genetic testing can be used to determine paternity or other familial relationships, but it is important to choose a reputable and accredited testing provider and to carefully review the accuracy and reliability of the testing methods used. However, SuperDNA does not provide such testing service.

Consumer genetic testing can be used to identify potential genetic disorders or conditions in unborn fetuses, but this type of testing typically involves invasive procedures that carry some degree of risk to the fetus. SuperDNA test focuses on born individuals only.

Genetic testing can provide information about an individual’s genetic risk for certain conditions, but it cannot predict with certainty whether or not an individual will develop those conditions. Other than genetic, factors such as environmental and lifestyle factors contributes to the individual risk.

Yes, genetic testing can identify carrier status for certain genetic conditions. Carrier status testing can be particularly useful for individuals planning to have children or for couples undergoing fertility treatment.

Genetic testing can provide information about an individual’s risk for certain mental health conditions, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. However, genetic testing alone cannot diagnose or predict the onset of mental health conditions.

Many genetic testing companies offer the option to download raw genetic data, which can be used for further analysis by third-party services or healthcare providers. However, this service is not available for SuperDNA.

Yes, some genetic tests can provide information about an individual’s physical traits, such as eye color and hair texture.

Yes, some genetic tests can provide information about an individual’s ethnic heritage and ancestry. However, SuperDNA test does not discover this trait.

There is ongoing research into the role genetics may play in athletic performance, but the current understanding is that many factors, including training, nutrition, and environmental factors, also play a significant role. Some genetic tests may claim to identify predispositions for athletic performance, but the accuracy and usefulness of such tests are still unclear and not widely accepted.

Some companies offer epigenetic testing or microbiome testing, which provide information about how your environment and lifestyle impact your health.

Yes. The recommendations can help you plan and optimize your diet and exercise plan. Remember that genetics is only one factor that affects your overall health, lifestyle changes such as healthy diet and regular exercise are also important to improve your overall health.

Genetic testing can provide information about inherited genetic conditions that could affect your children or future children. This information can help you make informed decisions about family planning, such as choosing whether to pursue prenatal testing or considering options such as adoption or using a donor.

While some companies claim to offer tests that can provide information about personality traits, the scientific evidence supporting these claims is limited. It is important to approach any such claims with skepticism and to carefully research the accuracy and reliability of any genetic testing company before using their services.

Some genetic tests can provide information on an individual’s response to certain nutrients and exercise, which can help inform diet and exercise choices.

Consumer genetic testing can typically be ordered directly by an individual without a doctor’s referral or prescription, although some testing providers may require a healthcare provider’s involvement in the testing process.

Children can undergo genetic testing in certain circumstances, but it is important to consider the potential risks and benefits of testing and to consult with a healthcare provider or genetic counselor for further guidance.

Consumer genetic testing typically requires a sample of saliva or blood, although other sample types may be used for certain types of testing.

No, it is never too young to take a DNA test. The DNA that we are born with does not change throughout our life. In fact, DNA screening of newborn babies can identify genetic disorders early in life so treatment can be started as early as possible.

Usually, if the consumer genetic testing uses Whole Genome Sequencing, you only need to do once in your life. For clinical genetic testing, the frequency depends on individual circumstances and healthcare provider recommendations.

The cost of consumer genetic testing varies depending on the type of test, number of reports, and the company providing the service. Some tests can be relatively inexpensive, while others can cost several hundred dollars or more.

Yes, consumer genetic testing kits can be purchased as gifts for others, but it is important to ensure that the individual receiving the kit understands the potential implications of genetic testing and is willing and able to consent to the testing.

Getting started

Yes, as long as you use the same SuperDNA account to purchase the DNA test. After you receive the test kit, you can help him/ her to type in the bar code on the SuperDNA Sample Collection Kit under “Add New Kit”.

Yes, just go to “Add New Kit” and typing in the bar code on the respective SuperDNA Sample Collection Kit.

You will receive your Sample Collection Kit within 3 working days (Malaysia) or 5 working days(International) after placing your order.

You will need to register your kit at Registering your kit using the unique barcode on the Sample Collection Kit will assist in linking your saliva sample to your online account, so that we know that the saliva sample belongs to you. Your saliva sample will not be processed if it is not registered.

Please log in to click “Pick-Up” and choose your preferred time of sample pick-up. Our logistic team will email you a courier consignment note. Pack you sample collection kit with consignment note in a given courier bag. Then, all you have to do is wait for your Sample Collection Kit to be collected from the comfort of your own home.

It will take approximately 30 working days upon our safe receipt of your saliva sample.

You can change your delivery address by going to “Addresses” tab under “My Account” after login to SuperDNA website.

You can cancel your order by contacting us at or +6010 824 1238. Refer to Refund and Cancellation policy here:


You will be notified via email when your report is ready. You may view your report online through SuperDNA website using your username and password. You will also receive a hardcopy report if you have requested during the purchase.

Personalized recommendations on the next actions will be provided to you for each reported trait in the report. You may make informed lifestyle and wellness decisions based on the recommendations or speak to our experts (Genetic Counsellor, Nutritionist, Dietitian and Scientists) to understand more.

Genetic tests to determine risk for monogenic diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis or Huntington’s Disease that are caused by a single gene mutation have been used for more than a decade. Risk prediction for complex diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease and Coronary Artery Disease is much more challenging as they involve hundreds to thousands of genetic variants together with environmental factors. To tackle this, polygenic risk scores come into play. Polygenic risk score, also known as genetic risk score, is the total number of genetic variants that an individual has in order to assess their heritable risk of developing a particular complex disease.

Genetic test results can be used to inform healthcare decisions and lifestyle changes to improve overall health, such as managing certain conditions or modifying diet and exercise habits.

Genetic testing results can be used to inform medical treatment or intervention by helping healthcare providers make more informed decisions about screening, monitoring, and treatment options.

Consumer genetic testing provides only partial information about your health. Other genetic and environmental factors, lifestyle choices, and family medical history also affect the likelihood of developing many disorders. Other limitations, including potential for false positives or false negatives, and limited understanding of the genetic basis of many conditions. That is why it is important to discuss all these factors with your clinicans or a genetic counselor.

Some genetic testing companies allow individuals to update their genetic test results as new research becomes available, but this is not always the case.

Data & privacy

Only you! Your test results will be shared only with you through your registered email address and client’s portal.

No. There are federal and state laws that protect individuals from discrimination based on genetic information. In Malaysia, Guidelines Of Ethical Issues In The Provision Of Medical Genetic Services by Ministry Of Health Malaysia is published to protect the Malaysians from discrimination from insurance companies, employees or educational institutions (

Consumer genetic testing is regulated by various government agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In Malaysia, Ministry of Health (MOH) provides the guidelines for consumer genetic testing. It is important to choose a testing provider that is accredited and meets all necessary regulatory requirements.

In some cases, law enforcement or other government agencies may request access to genetic information for criminal investigations or other purposes. It is important to understand the privacy and security policies ( of your testing provider and to review any legal or regulatory requirements related to genetic information in your country or region.

There are several ethical concerns surrounding consumer genetic testing, including privacy and security of genetic data, potential misuse of genetic information, and issues related to informed consent and genetic counseling. Each genetic testing company must have an informed consent form to address these ethical concerns. SuperDNA informed consent form can be found here:

The ways in which genetic testing companies protect consumers’ privacy vary. Genetic testing companies use a variety of methods to ensure data accuracy and quality control, including internal quality control procedures, proficiency testing, and accreditation by regulatory bodies. The companies need to ensure the privacy policies and statements are located and displayed on their websites.

Consumer genetic testing can be used to connect individuals with biological relatives, but it cannot be used to determine an individual’s personal identity with certainty.

Individuals can choose to share their consumer genetic testing results with their healthcare provider, but it is important to understand the potential implications of sharing this information and ensure that the provider is able to interpret and use the information appropriately.

It is important to carefully review the privacy policies of any genetic testing company you are considering using. Reputable companies will have clear policies on how they collect, use, store, and share your genetic information and have relevant certificates. You should also ensure that any company you use complies with relevant data privacy laws and regulations.

Individuals can choose to share their consumer genetic testing results with their family members, but it is important to understand the potential implications of sharing this information and ensure that the family members are able to interpret and use the information appropriately.

To ensure that genetic information remains secure and private, it is important to choose a reputable and accredited testing provider, review the company’s privacy policy, and take steps to secure any electronic or physical records containing the information.

Some consumer genetic testing companies allow individuals to transfer their genetic testing results to other companies for further analysis or interpretation, but it is important to review the terms and conditions of the testing company and the company receiving the results before doing so.

Consumer genetic testing companies are required to adhere to certain privacy and data protection regulations to ensure that individuals’ genetic information is protected and kept confidential. It is important to review a company’s privacy policy before providing any genetic information for testing.

Consumer genetic testing results may impact an individual’s ability to obtain health or life insurance, as some insurance providers may use genetic information to determine an individual’s risk of developing certain conditions. It is important to review the terms and conditions of any insurance policy before undergoing genetic testing.


A genetic test that decodes 100% of your DNA is called WGS (Whole Genome Sequencing). It includes sequencing of all genes (coding regions), regulatory genomic regions, the Y chromosome (for males), and mitochondrial DNA. In contrast, other types of genetic tests examine only less than 2% of your genome using other technologies such as microarray/genotyping or Whole Exome Sequencing.

Our reports are evidence-based with variant curation and interpretation based on the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) Guidelines.

Whole-genome sequencing analyzes an individual’s entire genome, while genotyping only looks at specific genetic variations associated with certain traits or diseases.

No test is 100% accurate. It depends on the genetic technology used, the interpretation and the list of genetic variants being tested.

Genetic counselling

A genetic counselor is a healthcare professional who is trained to help individuals and families understand and interpret genetic testing results, and to provide guidance and support for making informed decisions about healthcare and treatment options. It may be helpful to consider seeing a genetic counselor before and after undergoing genetic testing, especially when testing results are concerning or unexpected.

Yes! With our consultation centre in Bangsar South, you can speak to our genetic experts for a pre or post-test consultation session. You can also choose to have consultation with us virtually too. Make your appointment here by contacting us at or at +6010 824 1238.

SuperDNA’s genetic counselling service is only available for our Complete DNA test and Ultimate DNA test. Health consultation is available for our Essential DNA test report as it covers the area of wellness, drug response and common disease risks.

No, SuperDNA’s consultation services are included in the cost of your test. Only the first consultation is free. Subsequent consultations (RM200 per session) will be charged.

Our genetic counsellor may review your family and medical history during the counselling session. You may wish to ask your family members about your family history in advance to facilitate the counselling session.

If consumer genetic testing results are concerning or unexpected, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider or genetic counselor to discuss the implications of the results and any potential next steps.


CancerDetect™ is a multi-cancer early detection method that analyzes genetic material released into the bloodstream by tumors or other cells in the body. It can detect genetic alterations associated with various diseases, including cancer.

CancerDetect™ can detect genetic alterations, including mutations, copy number variations (CNV), and rearrangements, in specific genes or genomic regions. It is commonly used for cancer diagnosis, monitoring treatment response, and detecting minimal residual disease.

CancerDetect™ involves collecting a blood sample from a patient. The blood sample is then processed to isolate circulating genetic material, which will then be analyzed through next-generation sequencing (NGS) to identify specific genetic alterations.

Traditional biopsies involve the removal of tissue samples for analysis, while CancerDetect™ uses a blood sample to analyze circulating genetic material. Liquid biopsy is relatively less invasive, and provides a comprehensive view of tumor genetics.

CancerDetect™ has shown a promising accuracy in detecting genetic alterations in various diseases. While it may not replace traditional tissue biopsy in all cases, it offers a minimally invasive alternative and can provide valuable information about tumor genetics.

While CancerDetect™ offers several advantages, it may not completely replace traditional biopsies in all cases. It complements the traditional biopsies. Traditional biopsies provide detailed histological information and allow for precise tumor characterization, which may still be necessary for certain clinical decisions.

CancerDetect™ and imaging scans serve different purposes in cancer monitoring. While liquid biopsy can provide genetic (molecular) information about the tumor, imaging scans such as CT, MRI, or PET scans are essential for assessing tumor size, location, and metastasis. Both approaches are often used together to provide a comprehensive picture of the disease.

CancerDetect™ offers several advantages, including its non-invasive nature, the ability to track disease progression over time, and the potential for early detection of cancer recurrence. It also allows for the analysis of tumor heterogeneity and can be performed more frequently than tissue biopsies.

Yes, CancerDetect™ has the potential to detect genetic alterations associated with cancer at an early stage. By analyzing circulating tumor DNA, it may help identify cancer before it becomes clinically apparent, improving the chances of successful treatment.

CancerDetect™ is considered a low-risk procedure with minimal side effects. Since it involves a blood draw, there may be slight discomfort or bruising at the site of sample collection. Serious complications are rare.

The turnaround time for CancerDetect™ is between 7 to 10 working days.

Yes, CancerDetect™ has great potential for personalized medicine. By analyzing the genetic profile of tumors, it can provide insights into specific mutations or alterations that can guide treatment decisions and monitor treatment response over time.

CancerDetect™ can detect up to 85 types of cancers, including lung, breast, colorectal, prostate, and pancreatic cancer. It can also be used for hematological malignancies such as leukemia and lymphoma.

CancerDetect™ can be informative across different stages of cancer. It can aid in early detection, provide prognostic information, guide treatment selection, monitor treatment response, and detect minimal residual disease. However, its sensitivity and specificity may vary depending on the specific cancer type and stage.

CancerDetect™ can detect various types of genetic alterations, including point mutations, insertions/deletions, gene fusions, and copy number variations. However, the detection of certain alterations may depend on the sensitivity and specificity of the testing method employed.

Yes, CancerDetect™ can identify genetic alterations associated with treatment resistance. By monitoring the presence of specific mutations during treatment, it can help guide adjustments in therapy to overcome resistance and improve patient outcomes.

Yes, CancerDetect™ is valuable for the early detection of cancer recurrence in survivors. By monitoring for the presence of specific genetic alterations associated with the tumor, it can provide early warning signs of recurrence, enabling timely intervention and treatment.

CancerDetect™ does not have specific age restrictions and can be performed on patients of various ages. The suitability of testing depends more on the specific clinical context, the availability of targeted therapies, and the presence of detectable genetic alterations.

While CancerDetect™ shows promise, it is primarily used in the context of diagnosing and monitoring diseases like cancer. However, its application is suitable for healthy individuals as a general genetic screening tool.

The frequency of CancerDetect™ depends on the specific clinical situation and the treatment plan. It can be performed at different time points, such as initial diagnosis, during treatment, and during follow-up, to monitor disease progression and treatment response. The frequency is determined by the healthcare provider based on individual patient needs.

In most cases, fasting is not required before undergoing liquid biopsy genetic testing. It is a simple blood test that can be done at any time, regardless of food intake.

CancerDetect™ can help identify the tissue of origin in some cases of metastatic cancer. By analyzing the genetic alterations, it can provide clues about the primary tumor site. However, it may not always definitively determine the primary site, and additional imaging and clinical information are usually required for accurate diagnosis.

CancerDetect™ is particularly valuable for monitoring treatment response in targeted therapies. By analyzing specific genetic alterations associated with the targeted therapy, it can provide insights into treatment effectiveness and the emergence of resistance mutations.

There are no specific pre-test requirements for liquid biopsy genetic testing. However, it is essential to follow any instructions provided by the healthcare provider or the testing laboratory regarding sample collection and handling.

Several factors can potentially affect the accuracy of liquid biopsy genetic testing, including the sensitivity and specificity of the testing method used, the amount of circulating tumor DNA present, tumor heterogeneity, and technical limitations of the assay. Quality control measures and validation studies are performed to optimize accuracy.

CancerDetect™ is primarily focused on detecting genetic alterations associated with diseases like cancer. It is not commonly used for detecting inherited genetic conditions, as those typically require different testing methods such as targeted genetic sequencing. You may refer to SuperDNA Ultimate test for detection of hereditary genetic conditions.