ORIG3N Genetic Home DNA Test Kit, Superhero

$29.00
Buy This Item
amazon.com

Features

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.5 x 1 inches ; 5.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • UPC: 865571000220

Description

This profile reveals your unique superhero traits. From rare, above-average intelligence to physical prowess, this fun DNA test lets you tap into your hidden superpower. Are you faster than a speeding bullet? Do you have the mind of a super-genius? Are you as strong as ten men? The SUPERHERO...

User reviews

This expensive test gives you results of 24 different gene pairs. Calling this genotyping is a huge stretch. The information provided on each gene is sparse and redundant.At least for your efforts you are required to give them much personal information (every field is *required* on their web site including birth date, address, and phone number), so you can look forward to a future of being banned from insurance if one of the 24 is not ideal or if there is something more in the unlikely event that they mapped more than the 24 genes. Protect yourself by giving them bogus data and not using their app for the 20 minutes it will take you to read their report or, better yet, not buying.Full list of gene pairs as described by ORIG3N:ORIOA2 Cilantro AversionCYP1A2 Caffeine MetabolismTAS2R38 Bitter Taste (Part 1)ALDH2 Alcohol ToleranceTAS2R38 Bitter Taste (Part 2)MCM6 Lactose IntoleranceTAS2R38 Bitter Taste (Part 3)PPARg Monounsaturated FatKCTDIO Cholesterol and LipidsFADS1 Fatty Acid ResponseFTO Feeling FullSLC2A2 Sweet ToothADIPOQ Weight RegainDRD2 Food RewardLEPR AppetiteMC4R ObesityNMB HungerMTHFR Folate LevelsNBPF3 Vitamin B6RSU1 Vitamin ESLC23A1 Vitamin CFUT2 Vitamin B12BCM01 Beta Carotene, Vitamin AGC Vitamin D
I'm not convinced of whatever science is behind these test. My results were the opposite of what I would expect them to be. It was almost like I was reading somebody else's results. Customer service gave me answers like a politician when I inquired about another gene test that wasn't part of this kit.
Just got my results back and it is really cool! The particular one I ordered, the Fit Test, is just what it says, it's about your "fitness" DNA. I was asked it this will tell you the types of food you should and the answer is no, not really. In the metabolism section of my fit test, it did list a couple recommendations but it did not go into a full detail. It did however, lead me to another test "What to feed your DNA" for $149. Which is why I only have this 4 stars....it seemed a little like bait and switch in my opinion. But, the fit test will tell you all about your fitness level, your muscle strength and recovery, your endurance, your metabolism, etc.. I feel that for the price, it should have given more nutritional information but that's just my opinion.
*** amended here on 8/26/17 to respond to Orig3n's comment to my review (visible when using a desktop to access Amazon, not visible on a mobile) ***Dear Orig3n:I too had thought this was "just" a Superhero DNA test, but after reviewing your website, that's some scary [insert expletive here]! Per your website, in several places, you indicate that you have the world's largest cell repository - - my Spidey sense started tingling at this one, and went ballistic when in a completely separate section, in your mission statement, it is written that you turn our cells into Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells to use in the study of regenerative medicine. See here (p.s. I kept a screenshot): https://orig3n.com/our-mission/Great! You'll find a cure for illnesses, etc. But shouldn't you be more up front with your customers, umm, "research subjects".I did not provide informed consent for you to retain my cells after testing for "Superhero" qualities, and I sure did not provide consent for you to turn my cells into stem cells for research.So please explain: am I misinterpreting something here too? And what is your plan for destroying my cheek swab & any others (plus derivative products) obtained without informed consent?P.s. because this is now very creepy, I am reducing the review to a one- star.*** original review below ***If you are the type of person who thinks swabbing their cheek is fun, or who believes in the Easter Bunny, or who thinks that just maybe there is a winning PowerBall ticket inside the product, then by all means spend $29.99 to purchase the Superhero DNA test.I purchased the test for the entertainment value and because I'd never swabbed my cheek before for anything. So I wasn't expecting much from the results and "not much" (at least, from the scientific perspective) is exactly what I got.The cheek cell-filled swab made its way cross-country from California to the address on the return label (MA) in two days, so perhaps part of the $29.99 went to paying express postage on the pre-paid label. Results were available online in about a day.The reliability of the test is in question not only for the speed of the response (how much time was spent actually validating results vs responding with a pre-formed set of data most people would not question?) but also because there is at least one glaring scientific error in the science of this particular test.The Superhero DNA test report connects the Foxp2 gene (one of the genes supposedly tested) to Chromosome 6. In short, the Foxp2 gene is partially responsible for the ability to formulate new language skills and to problem- solve effectively. While the Superhero DNA test states this gene is on Chromosome 6, it is actually on Chromosome 7. To check this for yourself, look up "Foxp2" and "Max Planck Institute" in Germany or "Foxp2" and "US NIH" for the US National Institutes of Health.As for the entertainment value, I did get a lot of laughs (therefore the two-star review). The Superhero DNA test report stated I was "normal" in all 6 genes that formed part of the report. The interesting thing is that I am a polyglot who speaks multiple languages fluently - - and not just from the Indo-European language group, but from the Finno-Ugric group as well), and I am a professional troubleshooter whose job it is to solve problems & develop new processes to improve qualitative & quantitative performance.So either "normal" means that we are all capable of learning multiple languages, or it could be indicative of cross- contamination, or it could mean that intelligence, language ability, etc. really requires quantitative analysis (i.e. the combination of several genes together) and so testing for just two genes is a qualitative game & not sound science.Well, for my next bit of gene-related entertainment, I might swab my pet's cheek & wait with amused anticipation to see whether Orig3n thinks my pet is smarter than I am.Or I might just save the $29.99 & whatever else the other Orig3n tests cost and never again buy another one of their products. After all, I can only laugh so much before my wallet starts to hurt.
Amazon can be a blessing and a curse for smaller companies... THe promotion run here initially overwhelmed Orig3n lab and hence the response time was sub-optimal. Company has since fixed that issue and is VERY responsive and courteous.What I like about Orig3n is that you cover the "lighter" side of genetics and don't compete with players such as 23 and me in areas such as hereditary disease. That certainly alleviates concerns with days privacy and such. I also like the textual summaries in the reports as well as the percentile comparison with the rest of the population.Some very useful scientific background provided.If you are about self-improvement or just wanted to confirm some assumptions you have always had about your talents and shortcomings, here is a good start.
Not as much food sensitivity information as I'd hoped. There is NO value to the three (!) assessments that I can/can't taste bitter...I can figure that out easily enough on my own. Same with cilantro.


View all reviews

We will be happy to hear your thoughts

Leave a reply

DNA Test Reviews
Logo
Login/Register access is temporary disabled