Please review this form and, if you agree, provide your consent for genetic testing at the bottom of the form. If you do not agree, please do not submit any samples or other materials to TraitDNA, Inc. (“TraitDNA”) or our third-party partners.
One of our missions at TraitDNA is to help our customers understand how their DNA may impact certain personal traits. This Informed Consent for Raw Data Upload (“Informed Consent”) explains:
- What TraitDNA is and how it works
- What results you will get and who can see them
- The potential benefits, potential risks and limitations of using TraitDNA
- How to withdraw your consent
- Who to contact if you have questions
- TraitDNA: This is us, TraitDNA, Inc. We will refer to TraitDNA as “we”, “us” and “our” throughout this Informed Consent.
- TraitDNA: Our non-medical, personal genetic information analysis service.
- Personal Information: Information that can be used to identify you, either alone or in combination with other information.
- Raw Data: Information about your genotypes that is generated through the processing of your saliva or blood by Third Party DNA Services. Your Raw Data contains the “letters” (nucleotides A, C, G, T) that comprise DNA.
- Self-Reported Information: Information you provide about yourself that is not part of your DNA or derived from your Raw Data. Self-Reported Information may include details about your health, family tree, behaviors, and lifestyle.
- Third Party DNA Services: Companies and organizations not related to or operated by us that you may use to obtain DNA testing and results.
- Traits: The characteristics or attributes that may be influenced by your DNA. Your Traits may include your preferences, characteristics, psychological trends, preferences, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, intelligence, abilities, and aptitudes. The traits we analyze as part of the service are personal – not medical – in nature.
What is TraitDNA?
Every individual is made up of trillions of cells. Cells can be thought of as small, microscopic packets containing our DNA. DNA is necessary for the normal health and maintenance of our body. It is particularly important because it allows one’s genetic information, which influences health and physical characteristics, to be passed down from one generation to the next.
Genes are segments of coding and non-coding DNA that provide instructions for the formation of proteins and other important biological compounds. Changes found in an individual’s genes or DNA (as compared to a normal, healthy individual) can cause disease or increase one’s risk for disease. Conversely, gene changes may also be protective against certain illnesses and diseases.
We created TraitDNA to give you insights about your DNA. We want to empower you by giving you information about how your DNA shapes your nutrition, fitness, personality and intelligence Traits.
TraitDNA provides Trait analysis for healthy individuals. TraitDNA is not a diagnostic test and should not be used to diagnose any disease in yourself or others. If you have concerns about a disease or medical condition, you should discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider.
How does TraitDNA work?
To use TraitDNA, you must first create a TraitDNA account and then upload your Raw Data. The Raw Data you upload should come from one of the following Third Party DNA Services: 23andMe, My Heritage, or Ancestry.com. We may expand the list of Third Party DNA Services in the future. Before uploading your Raw Data, or the Raw Data about another person, you must confirm that you have the rights and permissions necessary to share that Raw Data with us.
Once we receive your Raw Data, we and our scientists analyze it to identify variants in the sequencing that may indicate the presence of, or risk for, a variety of non-medical Traits, such as your cognitive ability, height, waist size, and muscular strength. Variations can occur in the coding and/or non-coding portions of your DNA. We look at both the coding and non-coding portions to better predict your Traits.
In addition to uploading your Raw Data, you may also complete a questionnaire. The questionnaire will ask you questions about your health, family tree, behaviors, and lifestyle. This Self-Reported Information can help us improve your Trait analysis and reports. Completing a questionnaire and providing Self-Reported information is completely voluntary.
The information we gather from your Raw Data and your Self-Reported Information helps us to create individualized Trait information and reports that you can view and download through your TraitDNA account.
What kind of Traits can I learn about?
The Trait analysis reports that we create for and about you will provide interpretation of your genes. Through our research and insights, we can give you different information about your Traits, including your preferences, characteristics, psychological trends, preferences, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, intelligence, abilities, and aptitudes.
The Traits we are able to analyze may change as we grow and enhance our research. The research and science behind TraitDNA is based on the current state of knowledge about the field of genomics. Overtime, we will learn more about DNA and how it affects various Traits. As this knowledge improves, we may update our research, reports, and the TraitDNA service we provide you. As a result, your Trait analysis may change over time.
TraitDNA does not currently analyze or report on medical diseases or medical-related traits. Therefore, genomic variants that might predict disease or carrier status (such as whether you are a carrier for Tay-Sachs disease or cystic fibrosis) will not be analyzed by us or identified in the TraitDNA report.
Who will be able to access my results?
You, and any individual who you give access to your TraitDNA account, will be able to access your Trait analysis and reports.
Our team may also be able to access your results to create reports, improve your results, answer your questions, and provide you with additional assistance that you may need from time to time. We limit access to your results to our team members who have a legitimate reason to access them for the purposes listed above. Our Privacy Statement contains information about how we use the Personal Information we collect about you while using TraitDNA.
In addition, in the limited circumstances described in our Privacy Statement, other third parties (such as our service providers, research partners, and law enforcement/governmental entities) may be able to access your results. We do not share your results or your identifiable data with any other third parties or in any other circumstances except with your consent.
Will TraitDNA use my data for purposes other than providing me with Trait analysis?
We may use your data for purposes other than providing you with your Trait analysis. Such purposes are described in our Privacy Statement, and include the following:
- To provide you with, personalize , improve and develop the TraitDNA service
- To share with you information about our products and services
- To provide customer support to you
- To troubleshoot and protect the TraitDNA service
- To enforce our rights and for other legal purposes
If you choose to join one of our research studies, we will also use your data for research purposes. You must separately consent to participate in research through a separate informed consent form.
In addition, we may aggregate your data with other our other customers’ data for our own and our partners’ research and marketing purposes. Aggregated data cannot be used to identify you. For example, aggregated data may include a statement that “30% of our female users share a particular genetic trait,” without providing any data or Trait analysis specific to any individual user.
What are the benefits of using TraitDNA?
We want you to benefit from using TraitDNA and we hope you enjoy learning about your genetics. We aim to empower you with knowledge about your DNA and Traits so that you can make choices to improve your health, wellness, and interests.
We also hope you use TraitDNA to better understand how genetics works, including what your Raw Data looks like. We have a number of features, including our Raw Data view, to help you visually understand how your DNA data is analyzed based on growing genetics research.
What are the risks of using TraitDNA?
There are some risks to using the TraitDNA Service.
There is a chance that you could learn something about yourself that you did not want to know. For example, you may learn that you are predisposed to sadness, anger, or loneliness, or that you are likely to experience skin pigmentation or baldness. Since you share DNA with your blood relatives, what you learn about yourself could also affect them. You may want to discuss your options with a doctor, mental health professional or genetic counselor before or after you get your results.
There is a risk that your genetic information could be used as a basis of discrimination. To address concerns regarding possible health insurance and employment discrimination, many countries (including the United States) have enacted laws to prohibit genetic discrimination in those circumstances. The laws may not protect against genetic discrimination in other circumstances such as when applying for life insurance, disability insurance, or long-term care insurance. You should talk to your physician or genetic counselor if you have concerns about genetic discrimination.
We may need to share details about you with regulators and law enforcement. These details may include your Raw Data, Trait analysis, or other Personal Information. We will only share these details if we believe that the law or legal process requires us to do so. Please see our Privacy Statement for more details.
Finally, there is a risk that we experience a security incident and, as a result, someone accesses your data and results without authorization. This information could allow someone to connect your Raw Data and other Personal Information back to you. We take steps to reduce the risk of security incidents. Please see our Privacy Statement for more details.
What are the limitations?
Your Raw Data and Trait analysis cannot tell you everything about you — your DNA is only a part of who you are. The analysis we do on your Raw Data, including any reports we create for you, is not deterministic. In other words, the analysis and results describe your probability of having a given Trait, and can only rarely predict when you have that Trait for certain. In some cases, the choices you make about how you live your life will influence your Traits more than your DNA.
It is possible that the Raw Data you upload to TraitDNA contains errors. In some cases, errors can occur when a Third Party DNA Service sequences your DNA or reads the stored genetic information. Because we do not, at this time, collect and test your DNA samples ourselves, we are unable to identify the errors that might occur in the processing of your DNA sample.
How do I withdraw my consent?
If you withdraw your consent, we discontinue the use of your data going forward. Withdrawing your consent does not affect or nullify how we used your data in the past.
Additional important information
We are not medical or healthcare professionals. We do not provide medical advice, medical diagnosis, or recommendations for medical treatment. We also do not provide genetic analysis or reports regarding diseases or medical conditions. If you need advice regarding diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of any disease, health, or medical condition, you should consult your doctor or another qualified healthcare professional.
Questions about TraitDNA
If you have questions about TraitDNA or what you are consenting to in this Informed Consent, you can contact us at [email protected]
Acknowledgment and Consent
I acknowledge the following:
- I have been offered the opportunity to ask questions about TraitDNA, including about the benefits, risks and limitations of using TraitDNA.
- I have read and understood this document in its entirety and realize I may retain a copy for my records.
- I confirm that I have the required and appropriate permission to upload my Raw Data (or the Raw Data of someone else) to TraitDNA.
- I consent to TraitDNA analyzing my Raw Data and providing an analysis of my Traits based on TraitDNA current knowledge and research.
- I consent to TraitDNA ongoing analysis and use of my Raw Data as described herein.
- I will discuss the results with my healthcare provider/genetic counselor if I have any medical or health-related questions or concerns.