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Your DNA sample

Before we can process your saliva sample, you must first register the unique barcode on the sample collection tube.  This barcode is used to track your sample (anonymously) through our end to end process.

To do this please go to secure.fitnessgenes.com and follow the instructions to register the barcode on your saliva collection tube.

We can’t process a sample if it hasn’t been registered.

  1. Go to secure.fitnessgenes.com and register the unique barcode on the side of the saliva collection tube.
  2. We recommend that you provide your sample first thing in the morning and to avoid contamination, please do not eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum for at least 30 minutes before giving your saliva sample.  Your sample should be clear and have no colour.
  3. Rub your tongue around the inside of your cheeks (this helps to dislodge more cheek cells, from which we extract the DNA).
  4. Do not remove the plastic film from the funnel lid.
  5. Spit into the funnel until the amount of liquid saliva (not bubbles) reaches the fill line shown on the tube.
  6. Hold the tube upright with one hand. Close the funnel lid with the other hand by firmly pushing the lid until you hear a loud click. The liquid in the lid will be released into the tube to mix with the saliva. Make sure the lid is closed tightly.
  7. Hold the tube upright.  Unscrew the funnel from the tube.
  8. Use the small cap to seal the tube tightly and shake the capped tube for 5 seconds.  Discard or recycle the plastic funnel.
  9. Place the sample tube into the specimen bag provided. Place the sample collection tube into the specimen bag provided. Place the specimen bag back into the original mailing box for return.
  10. Use the sticky tape under the lid to seal the box.

For a step-by-step video guide on how to use your FitnessGenes test kit, please click the link below.

How to take a FitnessGenes DNA Test

Your sample should be returned to us using the original mailing box.

USA, Canadian and UK Customers

Within the USA, Canada and UK you can return the sample free of charge, using the free returns label on the box. Simply place the sealed box in a post box and it will be sent to our laboratory. You will receive an email from us once your sample has reached us.

Rest of World Customers

Outside the USA, Canada, and the UK we recommend that you return your sample using your country's standard postal service. This will be significantly cheaper than using a courier (e.g. FedEx, UPS) and your sample will reach our lab in a similar amount of time.

In the unlikely event that your sample does not reach us, we will cancel that barcode and reissue a new kit.

IMPORTANT – If you need to complete a customs form, you may be asked to give a content description and a customs value. The content description we recommend is “Exempt human specimen — saliva sample” and the customs value as “No commercial value".

If you are required to enter a value above zero then please put down “$1”.

“No commercial value” or “$1” is the value of the used sample collection kit, and not the price that you paid for the analysis and recommendations we provide.  If you use another value (e.g. the retail price) on the form, the UK government will incorrectly levy an import tax, which unfortunately we will need to invoice you for before we can receive and analyse your sample.

In the UK the "Freepost FITNESSGENES" label is all that’s required to get your sample to us.

The buffer solution you added to your saliva sample will preserve your DNA for up to five years.

We are not aware of any legislation-based reasons that should prevent you from returning your sample to us if we have shipped our sample collection kit to you.  However, occasionally clients can experience an issue, with little or no explanation given to them by the postal worker that served them.  

Often, a different individual or Post Office will post the sample with no concerns.  If you find that you are still unable to return the sample to us, please contact us via support@fitnessgenes.com and we will be able to assist you.

If you need to complete a customs form, please ensure that you declare the value as 'no commercial value' to ensure that you are not charged any customs charges.  If you are required to enter a value above zero then please use $1 / £1 / e1 etc.

In the description please put “Exempt human specimen — saliva sample”.

The liquid that you added to your saliva sample will preserve your sample for up to 5 years so there is no need to rush to return your sample to our lab.

We recommend that you post your sample using your country's standard postage service. This will be significantly cheaper than using a courier (e.g. FedEx, UPS) and your sample will reach our lab in a similar amount of time.

You will receive an email from us once we have received your kit.

Please ensure that you declare the value as 'no commercial value' to ensure that you are not charged any customs charges.  If you are required to enter a value above zero then please use $1 / £1 / e1 etc.

DNA analysis

We can provide workout and nutrition recommendations based on other DNA results, but only if those results include all of the genetic variations we require for our recommendations. At present, both 23andme and Ancestry DNA tests do not include the full set of genetic variations we require. We will be releasing a new model by early to mid 2018 that will allow us to accept a range of other DNA data sets and still make a series of recommendations. Please contact us via support@fitnessgenes.com if you would like more information.

The only food intolerance we test for at present is lactose intolerance.  We don't test for gluten (in)tolerance as there is not yet a clear, single, genetic variation linked to gluten (there is one linked to coeliac disease - but this is a medical / autoimmune condition, and is not an allergy or an intolerance to gluten).

We will soon be moving to a new DNA analysis technology that will allow us to test for a number of genetic variations which may be linked to gluten intolerance.  However, it is still recommended that you see your doctor for a blood test to make sure that it is gluten that you should be avoiding and not something present within most gluten products like yeast for example, which is causing any issues.

We don't currently provide a PDF / printable version of your report as we frequently release updates to the gene reports or other sections of the members area as new scientific insight is published.  

We used to provide one some years ago, but given the number of free updates and enhancements we continue to provide (after you've received your results), we found that many customers were still referring to their out of date reports. We therefore decided to move to an online solution that is designed to be referred to frequently.

However, following the completion of a new members area in early 2018, we expect to release a printable summary report.

It typically takes 2 – 3 weeks from when we receive your sample before your results are available.

From time to time, a sample may need extra testing which can delay the results by approximately a week.  We will contact you via email if there is expected to be a delay.

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