Artificial intelligence has experienced notable splendor in 2023 and promises to continue surprising us with advances in the years to come. Specifically, generative artificial intelligence has been the center of attention thanks to innovations such as Chat GPT and we have also witnessed viral trends on social networks such as yearbook photographs or Disney Pixar movie posters.
But AI knows no limits and can even help you better understand your DNA. The startup ADNTRO, which distributes at-home genetic DNA tests, has implemented its own artificial intelligence, called GeneAI. This technology is so striking that Google has selected it within its 'Growth Academy: AI for Health' program, whose mission is to promote entrepreneurial companies that apply artificial intelligence in their services in the healthcare field.
The ADNTRO company sells DNA genetic tests. The user purchases a kit to take a saliva sample that is sent to the company's laboratories, located in Denmark. After analysis, they send you personalized results based on the plan you have selected. To do this, they use the "Global Screening Array" (GSA), from the Illumina company, which allows us to know 700,000 genetic DNA markers. In addition, they apply genetic algorithms to impute the results and know up to 12 million markers.
With this, users can learn about their ancestral composition, discover their origins, as well as their genetic predisposition in areas such as health, nutrition, personality, aging and sports. The results reflect the ethnic composition, based on populations with genetics most similar to that of the user, in addition to reports such as ancestral DNA or haplogroups.
It also allows you to know information about the person's muscles, to improve the effectiveness of their training and prevent injuries. In the nutritional field, it allows you to know which vitamins and minerals you metabolize best, as well as intolerances on your genetic basis. And it is also possible to know if you are more protected or predisposed to suffering from certain diseases.
In this sense, the company has now implemented the GeneAI conversational artificial intelligence service, with the aim of further enriching the results of its DNA tests. By accessing this AI, you can have a kind of conversation with your DNA, better understand your test results and delve into various questions. For example, you can ask what color your children's eyes might be or clear up doubts about your results.