What is Geneticks?
Geneticks is the first private lab in Ontario dedicated to providing an accessible and reliable service for testing ticks for tick-borne diseases. We currently provide testing for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, tick-borne relapsing fever, and human granulocytic anaplasmosis, and are in the process of expanding our diagnostics to include another 8 relevant co-infections. We offer a quick-return service, sending you information about the presence of tick-borne pathogens in submitted ticks within 10 business days.
At Geneticks, we provide Canadians with reliable results about the presence of tick-borne pathogens in submitted ticks, allowing them to make time-sensitive, informed decisions about their potential exposure to Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.
* All health-oriented decisions must be made with the assistance of a trained and certified health-care practitioner.
How does it work?
Geneticks accepts ticks from anywhere in Canada. Ticks that have been safely removed from people, pets or animals are placed in a sealable plastic bag or container and mailed to our headquarters. Upon arrival, they are processed, and analyzed using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based procedure. This procedure is used to detect tiny amounts of DNA in a sample, allowing us to determine which pathogens are present in submitted ticks. Upon completion, a report detailing the findings is delivered to you by email*.
To submit a tick for testing, see our Submit a Tick section.
* Important Note: These findings give an indication of the pathogens present within the tick ONLY. They DO NOT provide information on the transmission of pathogens to humans or potential infection. Any personal health-care decisions made about your personal exposure to tick-borne illnesses should be done ONLY with the assistance of a trained and certified health-care professional.
Who is behind Geneticks?
Geneticks was founded by Justin Wood, who was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in 2015. Justin has an extensive background in genetics, having graduated with biology degrees from Queen’s University (B.Sc.H) and the University of Calgary (M.Sc.) with specializations in genetics.
Prior to contracting Lyme disease, Justin was an avid outdoorsman and athlete – playing varsity soccer at both schools while enjoying snowboarding and wakeboarding in the off-seasons, and partaking in all manners of outdoors activities. Given his experience navigating the lifestyle and treatment of chronic Lyme disease, Justin is looking to raise awareness, and minimize the spread of Lyme disease by providing a key component in the fight against Lyme in Canada – tick testing and research.
Geneticks is currently in the process of validating our testing for an additional nine tick-borne pathogens found in Canadian ticks.These pathogens include:
- Babesia microti (Babesiosis)
- Babesia duncani (Babesiosis)
- Bartonella spp. (Bartonellosis)
- Ehrlichia chaffeensis (Human monocytic ehrlichiosis)
- Ehrlichia ewingii (Ehrlichiosis)
- Ehrlichia canis (Ehrlichiosis)
- Coxiella burnetti (Q-Fever)
- Francisella tularensis (Tularemia)
We will continue to update our testing options as they become available.