The Giving Gene

COMT Val158Met is a genetic polymorphism that can determine a person’s altruistic tendencies. We call this the “Giving Gene.” At Easter Seals Canada, helping those in need is part of our DNA, and now, you can find out if it’s part of yours. Order our kit and take our simple test to find out if you have the Giving Gene.



Discover if you have the Giving Gene, and see if you’ve inherited one copy or two copies of the Giving Gene variant by taking our simple swab test.



We’ve teamed up with Dr. Guillaume Paré, Canada Research Chair in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology at McMaster University, and his team to help us administer and assess the DNA samples.



The 5-digit anonymous bar code found on each kit ensures that all samples are submitted and results are administered completely anonymously.



Part-proceeds will go directly towards Easter Seals’ programs and services across Canada to help us improve the lives of the 5.3 million Canadians living with disabilities. For your purchase, you’ll receive a tax receipt for $35.00.

How it Works


Order the kit

We will send you the Giving Gene test kit with postage provided envelope and instructions.


Take the test

Complete our simple swab test and follow the instructions enclosed for receiving your results.


See your results

When notified by email, use the 5-digit anonymous bar code found on the kit to view your results online

Find out if you have the Giving Gene by ordering your kit today.

It tells us something very important about human nature: that giving to others, altruism, is actually a part of us.

– Dr. Guillaume Paré, Canada Research Chair in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology, McMaster University.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions. Feel free to contact us directly with any additional queries.

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