Frequently asked questions

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Do you offer support and training for clinicians?

Clinicians can participate on our online courses, where they can find information about our tests. If you are an individual looking for advice, please contact us directly.

What do clinicians receive from Biocentaur?

Clinicians receive the final report including patients information, technique basic steps and the final results using positive/negative status, and (where applicable) Ct for each strain in positive samples.

What is genetic testing?

Genetic testing analyses small sections of your DNA to identify variations or mutations that could affect your health now or in the future. To find out more, view our film here.

What does the SNPs test diagnose?

The SNPs test analyses a patient’s DNA to characterise how they would respond to treatment with common anti-inflammatories, antibiotics and anticoagulants.

How does the SNPs test work?

The SNPs test uses an advanced molecular biology technique called quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) to identify genetic markers, called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that can characterise how your patient will react to treatment with common anti-inflammatories, antibiotics and anticoagulants.

How are SNPs samples analysed?

DNA isolated from blood or swab sample is used as a template in qPCR reactions using specific TaqMan Probes, for each polymorphism.

How accurate is the SNPs test?

All reactions are performed in triplicate. In addition, positive and appropriate negative controls ensure accurate and reliable results.

What information do I receive from the SNPs test?

The final SNPs test report provides information on whether scientists have identified any SNPs associated with positive or negative responses to common anti-inflammatories, antibiotics and anticoagulants.

Can SNPs provide essential information for clinicians?

Using the information from the SNPs, individuals are able get information about response to anti-inflammatories, antibiotics and anticoagulants and clinicians are able to tailor their treatment to their patients’ needs.

How much does the SNPs test cost?

The SNPs test costs £550.