Frequently Asked Questions

Atlas DNA Test

Genetic testing reveals important information about health, eating habits, optimal sports workouts and even personal traits. Couples who are planning to have children may find it particularly useful to screen for hereditary conditions. The test identifies your biological set point like how many cups of coffee you can handle, whether you are predisposed to certain food intolerances, if your muscles are more adapted to endurance or strength workouts, sensitivity to bitter flavours and much more.

For more information, check out the Atlas DNA Test page.
The Atlas DNA Test will provide you a detailed genetic profile of your health, nutrition, physical activity and geographical ancestry. It includes over 400 traits and indicators. The DNA Test can be combined with the Atlas Microbiome Test and your lifestyle data to provide you with unique insights, not available elsewhere.
The technologies used for Atlas DNA Test are 99.9 per cent accurate. Our customers’ genetic data is analysed using DNA microarray technology from Illumina, a world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics in a certified EU laboratory facility, accredited with ISO 15189.
No, the results should only be used for informational purposes, it is not a diagnostic tool. If the test identifies any marker for a potentially pathological condition, contact your GP with your results for further information.
Men and women get different information about hereditary conditions. This is because, while some characteristics are inherited regardless of sex, others are transmitted through the paternal or maternal line. In the Ancestry section, women can only access the maternal haplogroup because the paternal haplogroup is carried by the Y-chromosome, which women do not have.

All other test results are the same for men and women.
There are no major restrictions or conditions preventing you from taking the test.

Customers must be over 18 years old.

Do not collect your saliva right after you wake up, and until 30 minutes after you eat, drink, chew gum, smoke or kiss.

Remember to read the instructions carefully.

Your DNA test results and raw DNA data will be available on your online personal account at https://atlasbiomed.com/account.
Your results will be uploaded to your personal account about 4–8 weeks after your sample arrives at the laboratory.

Atlas Microbiome Test

The microbiome is a community of bacteria that live in the gut. Nowadays, we know that over 1,000 different types of microbes are active in the human intestines. Thanks to major advances in technology, it is now possible to perform accurate analyses of the microbiome using 16S rRNA sequencing to identify these bacteria based on their DNA. In fact, the genes in the human microbiome outnumber the genes in the human body 100 to 1.

Gut bacteria are part of a big group of microbes that perform important jobs for the human body like digesting food and breaking down dietary fibre, synthesising vitamins and essential chemical compounds as well as protecting the body from inflammation. Some bacteria may participate in the development of certain illnesses but, for most species, only if they are present in abnormal amounts. When the microbiome is balanced, it is able to prevent the intrusion and overgrowth of potentially pathogenic bacteria, thus contributing to overall health.
The Atlas Microbiome Test analyses the types of bacteria present and their proportion in the overall microbiome. It provides information about the various functions of your gut bacteria, like the extent to which they protect you against certain diseases and inflammation, as well as what vitamins they synthesise. You will also get recommendations to improve and maintain the balance of your microbiome by adding specific foods to your diet.
Atlas uses advanced technology to analyse the DNA of your gut bacteria. Unlike conventional laboratory analysis, the Atlas Microbiome Test not only qualitatively determines the composition of bacteria, it calculates the proportion of different types of bacteria in the microbiome.The 16S rRNA sequencing used for the Atlas test is more sensitive: it can detect bacteria that cannot be cultivated in Petri dishes (the method routinely employed by laboratories for stool sample analysis).
More than 20,000 scientific articles have been published about the gut microbiome and its relationship with various health conditions over the past decade. Every month, new research is released in this field. We used these publications to develop an interpretation system that is now featured in our microbiome test.

This research has established that bacteria in the microbiome are not simply ‘good’ or ‘bad’ species. Rather, how microbes participate in health or illness is dependent on their abundance in the overall community and how they relate to one another. The recommendations provided on your personal account have been developed on the basis of microbiome research by doctors and scientists.
No, you should not change your diet. Keep eating the way you normally do - this will allow us to get an accurate picture of your ‘normal’ microbiome and provide recommendations on how to improve or maintain it.
You should only collect a stool sample in the absence of gastrointestinal symptoms. If you have been taking antibiotics or a long course of NSAIDs or have undergone surgery, wait at least 3 months before taking the Atlas Microbiome Test.
Your microbiome test results and raw data will be available in your online personal account at https://atlasbiomed.com/account.
Your results will be uploaded to your personal account about 4–8 weeks after your sample arrives at the laboratory.
If you choose this option, we will send you a new Atlas Microbiome Test kit every 3 months to your chosen address. As soon as the test kit is delivered, we charge the order price to the bank card used for the initial payment.

It is a rolling subscription, so you will receive a test kit every 3 months. You can choose to terminate it whenever you like. To cancel the subscription, just contact us via email [email protected].

If your first order contains both the Atlas DNA and Microbiome Tests, the delivery is free of charge.

Payment and Delivery

Go to https://atlasbiomed.com/cart and select the test or bundle you want. You will be directed to a secure online payment and ordering service. Fill in your payment and shipping details then follow the instructions to confirm your payment.

Your test will be delivered to your door. When you have put your sample in the kit, put everything in the biohazard bag, firmly seal the pre-addressed box and send it back to us.
The Atlas tests are currently available in following countries:

United Kingdom

Sweden

The Netherlands

Belgium

Luxembourg

Denmark

Finland

Ireland

If you want to place an order for another country, send us a message at [email protected].
Our tests are available for purchase online using Visa or Mastercard. Go to https://atlasbiomed.com/cart to select the test or bundle you want and follow the instructions.
This test is intended solely for the use of persons aged 18 and over.
Yes, Atlas Biomed tests are unique and exciting presents. When ordering the test as a gift, you can either get it sent to yourself and deliver it in person or fill out the delivery details (name and address) to the person it is for. At this time, we do not offer gift-wrapping services.

The Science

A gene is a distinct segment of DNA that encodes protein molecules. Genes are responsible for the structure of proteins in the body. A person’s genotype is composed of all the body’s genes that together contain all the information and individual characteristics of the organism.
DNA, also known as DeoxyriboNucleic Acid, is contained within each of trillions cells in your body. It serves as a blueprint that determines the physical features of all living things, including you! It looks like a twisted ladder or, as scientists call it, a ‘double helix’. This genetic information was passed on from your parents, which is why it is ‘hereditary’, making you completely unique.

DNA contains information on the structure of various types of RNA and proteins. It is made up of four nucleotides, known as adenine, guanine, thymine and cytosine or A, G, T, C for short. They are connected together in a specific pattern: adenine binds only to thymine and guanine only to cytosine. These nucleotides encode information about every protein in the body, thus determining the phenotype of a person (i.e., the set of observable characteristics).
Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is one of the three basic macromolecules that are contained in the cells of all living organisms. It is composed of a long chain, each link of which is called a nucleotide. During transcription (in the cell nucleus), nRNA chains are formed that ‘mirror’ an exact part of DNA, allowing the further synthesis of encoded proteins. This process is followed by translation, that involves another two types of RNA: tRNA and rRNA. The RNA macromolecule basically serves as a messenger between the nucleus with DNA and the cell as a fabrication station of proteins.
The human genome is a collection of hereditary material made up of 20,000 to 25,000 genes. The human genome consists of mitochondrial DNA and 23 pairs of chromosomes present in the nucleus.
SNP stands for single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), a DNA sequence variation of one nucleotide (A, T, G or C) that differs in the genome of representatives of the same species or between paired chromosomes.

For example, if two DNA sequences - AAGCCTA and AAGCTTA - differ by a single nucleotide, then there are two alleles: C and T. Such point mutations are considered single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).
Hereditary conditions are caused by mutations or the absence (i.e., deletion) of a gene. Mutations can occur in one or two copies of genes, one of which came from the father and the other from the mother. When this happens, a hereditary condition occurs. However, just because there is a mutation, it does not mean that the person will develop the disease.
Multifactorial diseases are common conditions (i.e., hypertension, coronary heart disease and diabetes) that are caused by multiple factors, including genes and external factors, like the environment, diet and lifestyle.

Such diseases are the result of interaction between multiple genetic and external factors that lead to a family predisposition to the disease, without a clear Mendelian inheritance pattern (i.e., classical genetic).
A risk factor is a biological trait or something in a person’s environment that increases the likelihood of developing a specific disease.

As a general rule, diseases develop under the influence of a combination of risk factors, the number of which is on the rise. In the 1960s, there were about 1,000 known risk factors, compared to approximately 3,000 nowadays.

Types of risk factors:

– external (e.g., environment, economic situation, profession)

– characteristics of the human body (e.g., elevated blood cholesterol, arterial hypertension, hereditary predisposition)

– lifestyle (smoking, diet, exercise)

Disease risk is the sum of all risk factors, which is why Atlas users are invited to fill in the Health and Lifestyle Survey to get the most accurate assessment of their individual risk.
A haplogroup is a set of minor changes in the Y chromosome or mitochondrial DNA that have consistently appeared for many thousands of years and point to a common ancestor. The remoteness of this ancestor can be calculated by the number of new mutations.

Belonging to a haplogroup provides information about where your ancestors lived, how they moved around the planet and where your closest relatives are now.
Our tests were developed by a team of bioinformaticians, doctors, scientists and IT experts. The Atlas Scientific Board of Advisors are international academics in the fields of medical and biological sciences.

Learn more about Atlas and our team here.
Atlas products are a Medical Device registered with MHRA in the UK for distribution in United Kingdom.