What is Geneticks?
Geneticks is the first private lab in Canada dedicated to providing an accessible and reliable service for testing ticks for tick-borne diseases. We offer a rapid-return service, returning information about the presence of tick-borne pathogens in submitted ticks within 3-5 business days. This allows customers 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 removed from people, pets or animals are placed in a sealable plastic bag or container and mailed to our headquarters. Upon arrival, ticks are processed, and analyzed using highly sensitive genetic techniques designed to specifically detect the most relevant tick-borne pathogens in Canada. 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.
What testing do we offer?
We offer two options for having your ticks tested:
- Lyme Disease: Ticks will be tested for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease (General Borrelia species, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato) as well as the bacteria that cause tick-borne relapsing fever (Borrelia miyamotoi).
- Common Infections: Ticks will be tested for the most common tick-borne pathogens. These pathogens include the bacteria that cause Lyme disease (General Borrelia species, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato), the bacteria that cause tick-borne relapsing fever (Borrelia miyamotoi), the bacteria that cause human granulocytic anaplasmosis (Anaplasma phagocytophilum), the protazoan species that cause babesiosis (Babesia microti, Babesia duncani), and the bacteria that cause bartonellosis (Bartonella spp.).
Who is behind Geneticks?
Geneticks was founded by Justin Wood, who was diagnosed with late-stage 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 and enjoying all manners of outdoors activities, from mountain biking to snowboarding, in his spare time. Justin is a passionate advocate for Lyme disease awareness, and a dedicated professional committed to minimizing the spread of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases in Canada.