Now you can wear fashion as unique as your DNA with a personalised scarf based on your genetic profile.
Dot One offers a range of gifts based on your DNA profile including prints, scarves and even your own tartan. The company also sells customised family trees which can include the DNA pattern of all your relatives.
When customers buy one of Dot One’s products, they are sent a swab test to collect a sample of their DNA. This is then sent to AlphaBiolabs and we carefully analyse the sample before creating a DNA profile which can be incorporated into the product’s design.
All humans share 99.9% of their DNA with each other but it is the 0.1% difference which makes us completely unique.
Iona Inglesby, Dot One’s founder, said: “DNA testing is no longer confined to the lab and is making its way into the consumer environment, yet there are still a lot of reservations from people fearful of decoding their own genetic language. Customers are not used to doing an at-home DNA test as part of their retail experience, and Dot One, as a design company, is introducing this personalisation method in a fun and engaging way.”
She added that in the future, people may use their DNA profile for a variety of things from making sure they get medicine which is right for them to finding a compatible partner.
Genetic profiles can be stored for peace of mind
AlphaBiolabs also offers single genetic profile tests directly to the public. While these DNA profiles can be turned into a piece of art and displayed in the home, they are often carried out for a much more sobering purpose.
People in dangerous professions, including those in the armed forces, war journalists and aid workers, can store their DNA profile making it easier for the authorities to identify their body in the event of an accident or disaster.
When most people think of DNA testing, they think of paternity tests which can tell people for certain whether they are the father of a child.
DNA tests are also used by the police to identify offenders when forensic evidence has been collected from a crime scene. But more and more people are turning to DNA tests to answer questions they may have about themselves.
As well as establishing paternity, DNA tests can detect other biological relationships, including whether someone is your sibling, grandparent, aunt or uncle. And tests can also give you information about your heritage, with results showing the proportion of your DNA which comes from the four main population groups.