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.
Discover if you have the Giving Gene, and see if you’ve inherited one copy or two copies of the giving version of the gene 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.
For your purchase of $70.00, you’ll receive a tax-deductible receipt for $35.00. Proceeds will go directly towards Easter Seals services and programs across Canada to help us improve the lives of 5.3 million Canadians living with disabilities.
About the Project
Dr. Guillaume Paré, Canada Research Chair in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology at McMaster University, takes us behind the scenes of the Giving Gene project.
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
Below are some frequently asked questions. Feel free to contact us directly with any additional queries.
Who is Easter Seals?
Easter Seals Canada exists to enhance the quality of life for Canadians living with disabilities. By raising awareness and critical funding, we help to ensure that everyone living with a disability has access to the equipment, programs, services and support they need to make the most of their abilities and maximize their independence.
What is the Giving Gene?
‘Giving Gene’ is the informal term for the COMT Val158Met genetic polymorphism. It can determine an individual’s altruistic tendencies based on their DNA. If someone has the Giving Gene, they can have one or two copies of the genetic variant.
Is the Giving Gene scientifically proven?
Yes. Easter Seals has teamed up with Dr. Guillaume Paré, Canada Research Chair in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology at McMaster University, as well as his team to ensure that our DNA samples are administered and analyzed professionally and scientifically.
How does the Giving Gene test work?
Once you order and receive the Giving Gene DNA kit, follow the enclosed instructions to complete the simple swab test. The swab test is then sent to the lab at McMaster University where it is tested for the Giving Gene. You can then view your results at GivingGene.ca using the 5-digit anonymous bar code found on your kit.
How does the test benefit Easter Seals?
Part-proceeds from the Giving Gene DNA kit go towards Easter Seals Canada’s mission of improving the lives of 5.3 million Canadians living with a disability. For your purchase, you’ll receive a tax-deductible receipt for $35.00.
Can I still donate to Easter Seals if I don't have the Giving Gene?
Yes. By purchasing the Giving Gene DNA kit, you’ve helped Easter Seals in our mission to improve the quality of life for Canadians living with a disability, regardless of whether or not you have the Giving Gene.
How can I ensure that my privacy is protected?
Names are never used in submitting and processing DNA results. When you receive a Giving Gene Kit, you are given a 5-digit anonymous bar code that corresponds to your swab test. Results are administered only when that bar code is inputted at our secure webpage GivingGene.ca. All samples are collected and disposed of after testing to ensure your privacy.
When making a donation or purchasing the Giving Gene Kit, we protect your personal information and adhere to all legislative requirements with respect to protecting privacy. We do not rent, sell or trade our mailing lists.