Epigenetics is a continuously rising solution for the medical community’s shift to prevention over cure, and not everyone is already familiar with the idea. Discover basic and deeper knowledge on epigenetics, epigenetics testing, and S-CELL’s Healthspan to further educate you on what’s in store for your future health in our frequently asked questions below.

What is Epigenetics?

Epigenetics is the study of molecular information that controls how our DNA code is read (gene expression) without changing the DNA underlying sequence.

Why is Epigenetics important?

The ability to understand what causes the changes in your health enables you to find treatments and more importantly, prevent further health decline and diseases.

What is the difference between chronological age and biological age?

Chronological age is simply the number of years since you were born while biological age is how old a person is when looking at their cells, DNA, or tissues. This can change continuously depending on various factors like exercise, diet, sleep, stress, smoking, and the environment.

What is DNA Methylation?

This is a biological process wherein a methyl group is added to DNA molecules to modify changes of the gene, affecting gene expression of a DNA segment without changing the sequence.

What is a biomarker?

A biomarker indicates the presence or severity of some diseases. Chronomics, an epigenetics testing company, considers DNA Methylation as an ultimate biomarker in epigenetics.

What is an Epigenetic clock?

Epigenetic clocks are biochemical tests that measure biological age.

What is Healthspan?

Healthspan, in partnership with Chrononomics, is S-CELL’s biological aging wellness calculating service. It gives you an accurate glimpse of your future health tracks and tells you how well you are aging using cutting edge technology in the science of epigenetics.

Who is Chronomics?

Chronomics is an epigenetics testing company headquartered in Norwich, England that specializes in providing deep biological data for preventive healthcare.

What does Healthspan do?

Healthspan encourages users to track their health and well being through an online digital platform. You are provided a home saliva test kit, and together with cutting edge technologies like epigenetics research, AI, and next-generation sequencing (NGS), highly accurate results are being produced.

What makes Healthspan different from other health trackers?

Healthspan is S-CELL’s breakthrough development and we are also the first to introduce the test in Asia. Considering the entire DNA testing space, this offers the first repeatable DNA test in the market. It is intensively focused on epigenetics rather than genetic study alone, and the most advanced in the world. It is also currently the only test that uses next-generation sequencing technology.

What is next-generation sequencing?

Next-generation sequencing (NGS) is a next-level advancement in technology that enables researchers to look into biological systems in a greater capacity than ever before.

What are the epigenetic indicators according to Healthspan?

Biological age, metabolic status, smoke exposure, and alcohol consumption. Further research is ongoing to discover more factors that serve as indicators.

What is Healthspan’s process?
  1. We will first provide a testing kit sent to your home. Provide us sample saliva in the tube and mail it back in the post with our prepaid envelope. DNA methylation data from the saliva sample will be analyzed using next-generation sequencing (NGS).
  2. Within 6-8 weeks of turnover, you will receive the results of your test will be available to view on your personal online dashboard, or also called user platform. Easily comprehensible interactive reports will be provided to give you a picture of your overall health at a DNA level. On the other hand, health experts/practitioners will also have access to the same data but on a clinical platform, which is another online board with a different format and detailed scientific data.
  3. Once accessed, you may use the results to create a health plan consisting of well-informed lifestyle decisions that are most suitable and appropriate for the enhancement of your biological age. You also have a choice to work with health experts in creating a tailored health plan.
  4. Regularly check with health experts to keep your health on track and repeat your epigenetics test annually to see your health improve over time.
Does Healthspan have an app version to access data?

Currently, there’s no mobile app made to access data. The main access would be on your internet browser, which is also made mobile-friendly for a smooth user experience.

What do I get in the results provided from the epigenetics test?
  1. Biological age

  2. Metabolic status

  3. Smoke exposure

  4. Alcohol consumption

In these indicators, you are going to get detailed interpretations of your health status as well as recommended solutions for improvement.

How do I keep consistent track of my results?

Your health care providers, health experts, or practitioners will be providing the recommendations for you to ensure consistency of tracking.

Will we have access to the clinical platform too?

Essentially, you would be using the user platform to access results and the clinic platform for the health experts. However, there’s a possibility for practitioners to give access to dummy user accounts in case you want to be familiarized with it as well.

Is there an expiration for the testing kit?

The testing kit is quite stable, so you can keep it for years at room temperature. Once the saliva sample has been collected, this should be posted back to the laboratory within 1 week.