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Eyedox Genetic Test To Exclude Color Blind
Genevolve's Eyedox is a military-grade genetic test for color blindness. The test will be used to exclude applicants for military occupations that require normal color vision.
The military grade test, marketed under the Eyedox™ brand, involves a painless finger prick to obtain a blood sample which is specifically analyzed using gene sequencing technology to analyze the color genes, which are expressed in the eye but present in all cells, to give both a precise identification and an accurate classification of any inherited color vision deficiency along with a precise severity rating. There is significant cost savings as the new technology eliminates the need for repetitive testing and expensive travel to testing sites.
Further cost savings can be found, although more difficult to quantify, in improved safety, enhanced job performance and accident avoidance. The genetic test is anticipated, on average, to accept as safe to perform, 30% of applicants currently excluded on the basis of conventional color vision tests which can result in bolstering ranks and preventing unfair discrimination.
Fans of the 1997 sf film Gattica recall the required daily DNA typing to prove that you indeed meet the genetic standards for particular jobs.
(Employees provide a DNA sample in Gattica)
From Genevolve via PR Web.
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