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About us

Founded in August 2019, the laboratory of innovation and services in genetics “ÉONgenetics” was created by a partnership between the Human Genetics and Evolution group, the Center for Molecular and Environmental Biology (CBMA) at the University of Minho and one of the most emblematic and prestigious companies in the Portuguese jewelery industry, Ouronor®. Headquartered on the 4th floor of the Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability (IB-S) at the University of Minho in Braga, it asserts itself as the national pioneer in applying the most innovative technologies in the areas of genetics and biotechnology for extraction, purification, amplification and inclusion of human DNA in jewelery.

Mission

Tendering the possibility of buying a truly unique and personalized luxury product.  Using the refined culture of Goldsmith art to bank your own genetic code, for future scientific analysis.

Quality

Our laboratories and equipment respond to the most rigorous quality controls, guaranteeing not only the quality and integrity of DNA, but good laboratory practices and ethical principles (ISO procedure). 

The vast experience in evolutionary genetics of human populations and the various collaborations developed with national and international research centers allow our laboratory to provide services in the field of molecular genetics, such as new generation genomic sequencing (NGS), processing of bioinformatics data, development technologies to decode the information contained in DNA, genealogy / ancestry tests, genetic tests for health (MyNutriGenes®) and for sport (MyFitnessGenes®)

Services

  • New Generation Sequencing (NGS) is the most advanced sequencing technology at the moment that allows, in a single test, to analyze one or more genes and / or the complete exome *.
  • Sequencing data is obtained using an Axiom ™ Precision Medicine Diversity Array Plus Kit (Thermo Fisher Scientific) chip with the advantage of:
    • • Imputation module for the study of broad genome association (GWAS) with ~ 800,000 markers in all ancestral populations;
    • • Blood typing variants that can be used to genotype and identify rare blood donors, hemorrhagic disorders and blood disorders, such as sickle cells;
    • • Disease-related variants (Alzheimer’s, cancer, cardiac, cardiometabolic, diabetes, neurological disorders and other rare variants);
    • • Immunological markers and functional variants.
    • • Pedigree-related variants (sample tracking, mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome)
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  • The great advantages of sequencing your genome using this method are:
    • • The possibility of using the data on other platforms and in future applications;
    • • Have the possibility to explore your own genetic data and contribute to an increasingly “citizen” science;
    • • The need to sequence your genetic code only once in your lifetime.
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  • Ancestry tests allow us to know the history of our prehistoric ancestors. Through the analysis of maternal and paternal DNA, it is possible to know the migratory routes of our ancestors, placing them in space and time.
  • As the first human populations expanded and spread over several geographic regions, small variations and mutations in their genetic code occurred. It is based on these variations that the study of ancestry is done.
  • Ancestry studies can be performed either maternally or paternally.
  • In this genetic odyssey you will discover not only your ancestry but also your projection in European diversity, the geographic coordinates of your origin, the amount of Neanderthal component in your genome, the inbreeding index and your maternal haplogroup (lineage ).
  • This study is coordinated and prepared by a national and international scientific consortium.
  • The results are certified with the same quality as those used in publications in the most influential scientific journals.
  • These services allow the processing of raw genomic data resulting from the sequencing of new generation and use in software such as:
    • • Founder analysis (in-house software)
    • • ADMIXTURE
    • • ADMIXTOOLS
    • • Principal Component Analysis (PCA)
    • • Spatial Ancestry Analysis
    • • FSUIT
    • • Haplogrep
    • • Network Publisher
    • • Bayesian Networks and Monte-Carlo simulations.
    • • PAML
    • MyFitnessGenes®

      • This genetic test analyzes the DNA to evaluate 43 genetic variants in 34 genes with 99% accuracy.
      • The recommendations provided in this report can be used to guide both you and your personal trainer to optimize your training.
      • Áreas under analysis:
        • • Explosive strength capability
        • • Resistance capacity
        • • Capacity for muscle performance and strength exercises
        • • VO2 max
        • • Injury propensity
        • • Muscle regeneration capacity
        • • Nutritional needs
        • • Muscle growth capacity
    • MyNutriGenes®

      • This genetic test analyzes your DNA in order to evaluate 94 genetic variants in 67 genes that, in a decisive way, are associated with nutrition and weight control.
      • The result obtained, called a genetic profile, is unique for each individual and can contribute decisively to the development of a personalized nutritional plan.
      • The associations identified between the genes studied and the body’s response to food intake are based on scientific studies of international reference, identified in this report.
      • Find out what your genes say about:
        • • Your body (BMI, central adiposity, insulin resistance, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, non-alcoholic liver fat, weight management, appetite control)
        • • Your diet (Complex carbohydrates, fibers, fats, proteins, vitamins, caloric restriction, salt, caffeine, lactose, gluten)
        • • Your behavior (satiety strategies, sleep, physical exercise)
    • Cardiovascular genetics®

      • Trombogene
      • HCM(Hypertropic Cardiomyopathy)
      • LipoGene(Genetic evaluation of familial hypercholesterolemia)
    • PharmacoGenetics®

      • Warfarin PGX
      • Simvastatin PGX
      • Clopidogrel PGX
  • We have a team of specialists committed to helping you decode the information contained in your genes.
  • •Species Identification through DNA barcoding.
  • • Biomonitoring of aquatic ecosystems through DNA metabarcoding and environmental DNA (eDNA), from sample to data analyses.
  • • Organism traceability in processed food products
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Teams

Highly qualified team composed of Doctors and Masters from diverse areas such as analytics, computing, genetics, biotecnology, management, economy and marketing.

Partnerships

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Certificates

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