Has your DNA been sent to China?

Written by Joe Cohen, BS | Last updated:

There’s just a couple more things you need to look for when it comes to identifying legitimate biotech companies.

Privacy and security.

These are a really big deal to me.

Everyone has a right to use the invaluable information contained within their DNA without having to worry about their privacy being compromised.

Unfortunately, privacy and security are a big problem with small and large companies.

The large companies are in the business of selling your data. It’s how they make their money. 

The small companies don’t have employees with the right qualifications to actually implement the right procedures and generally don’t allocate a budget towards privacy and security measures.

Privacy: Your DNA belongs to you, and it should stay that way.

There are a lot of regulations around HIPAA and GDPR. There’s a reason why even the biggest genetics companies are not HIPAA compliant, like 23andme. And I haven’t seen any smaller companies that are either.

It’s actually quite a long and tedious process. We’ve been working on it for 2 years to become fully HIPAA and GDPR compliant and pass the even more stringent standards of HITRUST, which has very high standards. I have spoken to almost every direct-to-consumer company and I haven’t seen any of them working toward HITRUST certification or being compliant with HIPAA.

In order to do these things, it requires a serious engineering team, which is completely lacking in the smaller companies. And the bigger companies don’t want to be constrained with how they sell your data.

Most importantly, there are quite a few companies sending your data to China – seriously, which means that the Chinese government basically has access to your data. Companies do this because it’s much cheaper that way.

Security: Keeping your data safe.

Security is something that is not a simple thing. We had to hire penetration testers and top security experts to review our security and recommend improvements, at great cost. This doesn’t make us more money, but we want to have very good security.

We have a team of engineers who spend a fair bit of their time improving the security of our platform.

It’s very easy for companies to not do anything around security. 

There’s no easy way to tell if a company has good security, but if you look at their engineering team on Linkedin, you can get a reasonable idea if they have the manpower to implement the proper architecture.

Change is Coming

My mission is to help people transform their lives using precision health tools, not just get the most users on the SelfDecode platform.

Unfortunately, the biggest blocker to this was the lack of scientifically legitimate precision health software and products available. 

This is why I had to focus on building these products.

Along these lines, we have decided to offer these tools to other companies – including our competitors, so that they can use legitimate products.

We’ve actually established a new entity under the holding company (Genius Labs) to license these products out to other companies.

So in addition to SelfDecode, if you see “powered by OmicsEdge” in an app, it means that they are using legitimate content and software that is secure and safe.

Around 15 companies have already partnered with OmicsEdge as a provider of their precision health technology, so you will soon start seeing that more often if you use health apps.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get to optimizing your health!

I’ve spent a lot of time telling you about how to spot a bad health company, but the truth is, I already know the best company out there for optimizing your health.


Sure, I’m biased, but go ahead and try it out for yourself and you’ll see. In fact, we provide a full refund for up to 30 days on any SelfDecode subscription because we’re so confident that you’ll be able to see the value right away.


About the Author

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen flipped the script on conventional and alternative medicine…and it worked. Growing up, he suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety, and other issues that were poorly understood in traditional healthcare. Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a learning journey to decode his DNA and track his biomarkers in search of better health. Through this personalized approach, he discovered his genetic weaknesses and was able to optimize his health 10X better than he ever thought was possible. Based on his own health success, he went on to found SelfDecode, the world’s first direct-to-consumer DNA analyzer & precision health tool that utilizes AI-driven polygenic risk scoring to produce accurate insights and health recommendations. Today, SelfDecode has helped over 100,000 people understand how to get healthier using their DNA and labs.
Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, with a mission of empowering people to take advantage of the precision health revolution and uncover insights from their DNA and biomarkers so that we can all feel great all of the time.


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