In 2017, we became interested in forming a Mexican company that offered services for genetic solutions, then in 2018 we ended the project and created SOMOS, with the support of scientists and experts in genetics; to be able to launch its new line of genetic ancestry tests at the beginning of 2019.
In our search to bring and democratize genomic services, SOMOS offers a genetic test to all public that provides information on global ancestry, but with an important differentiator: ancestry of Latin American groups, which make us the first test in offering this kind of information .
Knowledge of genetic ancestry provides information about origins at individual and population level. In addition to discover the evolutionary history, considering the genetic structure of different populations has a great impact in the biomedical area, since it is vital to clarify the relationships between variants in the genome and diseases.
Throughout the history of humanity, ancestral populations have left a genetic trace that provides characteristics or information of their place of origin. With this information it is possible to estimate the contribution of each ancestral group to the composition of the genome, both globally and within the Latin American diversity.
In SOMOS we are aware that the Mexican population has a very varied genetic mix as a consequence of miscegenation in the period of the conquest and for all the continuous migration that the country has received by European, Latinamericans, etc. That is why our test uses references of panels populations from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, the Middle East, indigenous populations from the north and center of the country, as well as from South America, so it is possible to estimate proportions of ancestry specific to the Mexican population.
Our team is integrated by Mexican scientists and professionals committed to society to the development of genomic solutions specialized in the Mexican population, always seeking the recovery and integration of the roots, culture and traditions of ethnic groups.
Meet the team that makes your trip to the past possible
Federico W. von Son of Fernex
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Scientific Officer
G. Antonio Yerena Tenorio
Christian M. Rodríguez
Chief Information Officer
Dr. Alexander Ioannidis is a researcher on the Department of Biomedical Data Sciences at Stanford Medical School. He has a Ph.D. in Computational and Mathematical Engineering and an MS in Management Science and Engineering both from Stanford University, a M.Phil in Computational Biology from the University of Cambridge. His expertise is on the design and application of automatic learning algorithms for analysis of biomedical and genetic data.
Scientific Operations Coordinator
Producción de contenido científico y análisis bioinformático
Juan Esteban Rodríguez
Análisis bioinformático y experto en poblaciones indígenas de México
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How does it work
It all starts in the cells that can be recovered from your saliva sample and that contain your genetic information. The first step of our analysis is to extract and isolate the DNA from your cells. The next step is to amplify the molecules...