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As you age, so do your cells. The reason for this is that cells sometimes make mistakes when they copy DNA, and they sometimes fail to fix those mistakes. They can also be damaged by outside forces, such as ultraviolet radiation. When this happens, your body continues to reproduce cells with mistakes in their genetic codes, and this weakens the cells. That’s why older cells aren’t as good at correcting damage to DNA, generating new cells, producing energy, and fighting disease. And mutations, or genetic mistakes, accumulate more rapidly as cells age. This is particularly important for stem cells, which are tasked with repairing damage in your body.
The best cells you will ever have are the ones you have right now. Storing them now may mean that if you have to fight disease in the future, you can use your younger, healthier cells instead of your older, weaker ones. Biobanking with GoodCell might just give you a fighting chance against cancer, Parkinson’s disease, macular degeneration, heart disease, and a host of other diseases.
Yes! We send a certified phlebotomist who will draw your blood in your home or office — whichever is convenient for you. They will ensure that the area is sterile to protect both your safety and the sample’s quality.
When you register your Kit online, we’ll ask you to tell us where you’d like to do the draw. A phlebotomist will reach out to you to schedule the appointment. The only thing you need to bring to the appointment is your Kit. The phlebotomist will use the vials in the Kit to store your sample. When the appointment is over, usually in about fifteen minutes, the phlebotomist will take the Kit and FedEx it, under temperature control, directly to our testing and storage facility.
You can cancel or reschedule your appointment at any time by calling your phlebotomist at the number they used to schedule your appointment. There is a $100 fee for canceling or rescheduling within 24 hours of your originally scheduled appointment.
The risks associated with blood draws are extremely minor. You may experience slight bruising, discomfort, or inflammation after the draw.
If possible, please fast for at least 12 hours before your blood draw. You can drink water, black coffee, or tea. If you’re unable to fast, just let us know.
Other than fasting, there’s nothing you need to do to prepare. Try to get a good night’s sleep the night before. The amount of blood drawn is quite small, so fainting, lightheadedness, and nausea are unlikely, but let your phlebotomist know if you’ve had issues with these in the past.
No need to worry! Even in the highly unlikely event that we’re unable to collect enough blood to fill the vials, we’ll still process and store your sample. Then, we’ll get in touch with you to schedule another appointment so that you can take full advantage of everything GoodCell has to offer.
The phlebotomist assigned to draw your blood will FedEx it directly to our facility as soon as the draw is complete. All shipments are overnight and temperature-regulated to ensure that your sample maintains a high quality.