Yahoo to sell ‘medical test kits’ to detect genetic risks in Japan

Tokyo, Nov 2: Internet firm Yahoo has planned to sell a medical test kit in Japan, with the aim to help individuals identify their genetic risk for contracting various diseases.

The test kit, which is priced at 29,800 Yen was developed by Tokyo-based genetic analysis specialist Genesis Healthcare Co.

Yahoo Japan, which is set to sell the kit from December, projects sales of 300 units a month, the Japan Times reports.

According to the report, using the kit, consumers are directed to send saliva samples to Genesis Healthcare, which will analyze 68 genes and report back any genetic predispositions to certain ailments, such as stroke or gout.

The firm will also advise customers on lifestyle changes that would reduce their risk of developing diseases they are genetically susceptible to, the report said. (ANI)