Montclair-based Suracell sells a $140 DNA test promising to unlock your body’s DNA secrets as to how well you’re aging. Then there are DNA repair kits if your personal DNA profile is found, um, lacking.
Exciting as it may sound, the federal government says home DNA aging tests like the ones Suracell sells are modern-day snake oil.
While genetic science has great potential, “This industry represents a fraudulent mutation of that promise,” says Gordon Smith, R-Ore., chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Smith, who called for the study, said consumers should visit their doctors for tests if they are concerned about particular diseases.
Suracell of Valley Road is led by world-renowned anti-aging doctor, Dr. Vincent Giampapa, “one of the first Certified Anti-Aging Medical Physicians in the world.” Dr. Giampapa is also founder of the Giampapa Institute which holds the noble goal of “offering the most comprehensive plan for anti-aging therapies…we recognize that aging is not a simple chronological event, but a complex of specific dysfunction of the body.”
Not surprisingly, reports on the GAO’s thumbs down are not on the company’s news page.