The Healthy NV Project was at Carson Valley Medical Center’s Ironwood building in Minden last week to kick off the month of May with an exciting battery of genetic testing.
The project is a collaboration between Renown and the Desert Research Institute and is hailed as one of the first community-based population health studies in the United States.
A world-class team of researchers and physicians are using genetics, environmental data, socioeconomics and individual health information in concert to create a healthier Nevada.
Testing is free and is run through Helix’s Exome+ system, which reads all 20,000 protein-coding genes and more. Study volunteers take Helix’s DNA saliva test and receive access to the popular Helix-powered ancestry app, Geno 2.0, provided by National Geographic. Participants can also explore additional DNA-powered products on the Helix app store.
Representatives took samples from about 30 people during the May 2, including a number of CVMC employees, during their May visit. Their study which will ultimately cover some 50,000 Nevadans.
They’ll be back on June 6 and 7 to collect more samples. You can find more information, or book an appointment to be tested, at this link.