Science Score

Genes, alleles, SNPs… the science of genetics can get complicated quickly, especially when trying to understand its impact on your health.

We strongly believe in making the science underlying these interactions accessible through our Genetics and Nutrition Guide, Blog and interactions with our readers.

We also believe that you should rapidly be able to identify the relative importance of the information we provide you. For this reason, we have created a star-score rating, called the Science Score, for all our content. This system is based on our three research cornerstones:

  1. Health Impact
  2. Mechanism of Action; and
  3. Clinical Benefit

By assessing the scientific literature surrounding SNPs we are able to combine these strands to give a star-score for all our material. We also use the Science Score to rate the scientific validity of the resources we cite in our blog discussions and for our products, as well as products we review. Below you can find the criteria we use to score all of our research.

What the Science Scores Mean

SNP
Identified SNP, no other data.
Blog Science
Descriptive data only.
Product
Product in use, no data.
SNP
Identified SNP, description of variants and occurrence at genetic level in humans.
Blog Science
Descriptive data, some detail of variation and occurrence at genetic level in humans.
Product
Product in use, no data, some hypotheses supporting use.
SNP
SNP of potential interest; unclear mechanism of action, no obvious link to health impact.
Blog Science
Some evidence of health impact, unclear mechanism of action.
Product
Preliminary experimental validation, unclear mechanism of action.
SNP
SNP of potential interest, unclear mechanism of action, some link to health impact.
Blog Science
Some evidence of health impact, hypothesized mechanism of action.
Product
Preliminary experimental validation, hypothesized mechanism of action.
SNP
SNP of interest; association with health impact, unclear mechanism of action but viable hypotheses.
Blog Science
Repeated evidence of health impact, unclear mechanism of action.
Product
Repeated experimental investigation, potentially conflicting results.
SNP
SNP of interest; association with health impact, clear but untested mechanism of action.
Blog Science
Repeated evidence of health impact, hypothesized mechanism of action.
Product
Repeated experimental investigation, potentially conflicting results, suggestion of variation in response.
SNP
Well validated SNP, association with health impact, some validation of mechanism of action or health impact performed in non-human models.
Blog Science
Repeated evidence of health impact, experimental validation of mechanism of action.
Product
Repeated experimental investigation, mechanism of action described, high variation in observed benefit.
SNP
Well validated SNP, association with health impact, some validation of mechanism of action or health impact performed in human models.
Blog Science
Strong evidence of health impact, experimentally validated mechanism of action.
Product
Repeated experimental investigation, mechanism of action described, some observable benefit.
SNP
Fully validated SNP; strong association with health impact and experimentally validated mechanism of action, some evidence of benefit at clinical trial level.
Blog Science
Strong evidence of health impact, experimentally validated mechanism of action, some evidence of beneficial intervention.
Product
Repeatable evidence of benefit at clinical trial level delivering observable benefit, validated mechanism of action, some evidence of variation.
SNP
Fully validated SNP; strong association with health impact and fully experimentally validated mechanism of action, repeatable evidence of benefit at clinical trial level.
Blog Science
Strong evidence of health impact, experimentally validated mechanism of action, repeated evidence of beneficial intervention.
Product
Repeatable evidence of benefit at clinical trial level, delivering observable benefit, fully validated mechanism of action and dose advice.

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