In Our DNA SC

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In Our DNA SC

In Our DNA SC is a community health research program launched by MUSC. The program will look at how your DNA affects your health. It may also help improve access to personalized health care and support new research discoveries for our community.

In Our DNA SC aims to enroll 100,000 participants in genetic testing at no cost to you. You and your doctor will receive confidential results about your genetic risk for certain cancers and heart disease. The program will also develop a secure and privacy-protected genetic and research database. Over time, the information in this database will help researchers learn what may cause certain diseases, how to treat them more effectively and help improve the standard of health care for all.

What to expect

If you join In Our DNA SC, you will review and sign a research consent form to enroll. Then, during your next appointment at a MUSC clinic, you will provide your saliva sample (no blood needed). Your saliva sample will be sent back to Helix, a leading population genomics company for analysis. You will receive:

  • Your personal health risks

    Your sample will be screened for three conditions that can be passed down in families and may put you at a higher risk for certain cancers and heart disease.

  • Your genetic ancestry and traits

    Your genetic ancestry report will show where your ancestors likely lived. Your traits report will explain how your genes may influence certain traits (such as your caffeine sensitivity).

  • How your participation helps researchers

    As a part of our valued research community, we will keep you updated on how your data is helping advance scientific research.

Who's involved

MUSC logoMUSC is South Carolina’s only comprehensive academic health sciences center and is dedicated to changing what's possible in health care through our ongoing mission to provide excellence in patient care, education and research.

Helix logoMUSC has teamed up with Helix, a leading population genomics company, to deliver powerful genetic information to you and your provider for proactive health care planning.

Precision medicine is an emerging field that is going to transform the future delivery of health care. Being a leader and helping to define this path is core to our mission. We are excited to partner with Helix to deploy this first-of-its-kind population genomic program for our patients. This collaboration will help drive preventive, precision health care for South Carolinians.

Dr. David J. Cole, M.D., FACS, MUSC president

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