Skip to main content

Mud Bath, Massage … Genetic Screen? Sciona Signs up Spa Distributor

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Patrons at spas run by Spa Team International will soon be able to use Sciona’s genetic testing kits to help structure their diet and nutrition programs, the company said today.
Under a new distribution agreement, Spa Team International will offer Sciona’s GenomicsRX DNA Personalized Genetics Analysis Kits at 1,000 of its spas and medspas around the country.
Customers will submit a swab sample of DNA and a lifestyle questionnaire, and Sciona will use its Sciona Genostic Rules Engines software to analyze 27 specific genes that have links to lifestyle, nutrition, and diet, the company said.
Clients at the spa will receive the results of the analysis, which the company said reflects how the client’s genetic makeup affects food and beverage metabolism, in the form of a 95-page book within about 45 days.
The booklet is used to develop a DNA Nutrition Action Plan, which specific lifestyle and nutritional recommendations.
Bob Solliday, STI co-founder, said the service is expected to “take the guesswork out of the recommendation of nutritional supplements.”

The Scan

Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval

According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism.

Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.