Geneticks Canada is a private laboratory offering tick testing for the presence of tick-borne pathogens. Based out of Southern Ontario, Geneticks was established to give Canadians a local, accessible, and affordable option for testing ticks for Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
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.
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 pathogens. We currently provide testing for both the Lyme disease and relapsing fever species of Borrelia. We are also in the process of expanding our diagnostics to include relevant co-infections such as Bartonella, Babesia, and Anaplasma species. We offer a quick-return service, sending you information about the presence of tick-borne pathogens in submitted ticks within 10 business days.
How does it work?
Geneticks accepts ticks from anywhere in Canada. If you have been bitten by a tick, the first step is to safely remove the tick. Once it has been removed, the tick should be placed in a plastic bag or container and stored in the freezer for a minimum of 12 hours. After this period, the tick can then be packaged, and submitted to Geneticks for analysis.
At Geneticks, we have a simple two-step submission process:
1) Register your incoming tick by following the instructions under the Submit a Tick for Testing section.
2) Place your previously frozen tick (while still in the plastic bag or container) in an envelope, then mail your tick to the Geneticks for testing. The tick does not need to remain frozen while being transported.
Once your tick has been received, it will be processed, and analyzed using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based procedure. This process will allow us to determine the presence of select pathogens in the tick, by detecting tiny amounts of DNA. Upon completion, a report detailing the findings will be completed and delivered to you by email*.
*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.
For a more detailed explanation of the testing process, please visit the Our Testing Process section.
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.) 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.