what-to-do-with-your-23andme-raw-dataYou’ve spit in the little tube, mailed it off to 23andMe, and finally have your results available!  Yay!  After playing around with all the fun ancestry information on 23andMe, you can download your data and dig into finding out more about yourself.

(Seriously, the data is yours and you really should go download the raw data file.)

Here are a few places to get you started on your quest to find out more about your genetics:

1. This blog!  There is a ton of information here, and it is all free.

2. Promethease and codegen.eu:  These are reports that you can run on your 23andMe results which compare your SNPs with those listed in www.snpedia.com.  These both can point to a lot of issues that you may be genetically prone to have.  It is a good starting point to let you know what to look into, but it can also be overwhelming to know which information is truly important.

The Promethese report is about $5 and gives a nicely formatted report that is easy to navigate.  The Codegen.eu report is Free, and also has a ton of information based on snpedia.com along with links to other information.  I would suggest starting with Codegen.eu since it is free, but, if you find their format confusing, the Promethease format may be easier to understand (and it is only $5).

3. Methylation Pathway Analysis:  This report gives a lot of background information on methylation cycle issues.  It is based on the work of Dr. Amy Yasko, who is an expert in molecular biology and has written several books on autism.  Dr. Yasko’s website has a wealth of information on genetics and methylation.  She has shared much of her research openly and has one of her books available on her website to read for free.

4. Genetic Genie:  This site has a printable report format with information to get you started in looking at methylation cycle issues.  It is great as a starting point, but keep in mind that everyone is unique and all of the advice may not apply to you.

5. Read, Read Read!  There are a lot of blogs and groups giving tons of suggestions and protocols for certain polymorphisms.  They may be a good starting point for your research, but you should always look into where the author is getting their information.  Don’t just blindly follow what someone says on the Facebook!  If you are going to add in a supplement or change your diet, keep track of whether it actually seems to be working for your body.

All of this genetics stuff can truly be the key to optimizing your health, and it is worthwhile to spend the time reading and understanding the research.  Nope, it isn’t easy to understand.  Just keep digging and googling the words that you don’t know!

6.  Paid websites that may or may not be worth the money (I actually haven’t tried most of them…):

  • StrateGene – $45.  Gives you a report of what your polymorphisms are for methylation pathways.  They recommend working with a physician to interpret the report.
  • LiveWello – $19.99  When you upload your 23andMe data, you can see the major and minor alleles for a bunch of snps.  There is a community here of people who are interested in their genes, and there are links to practitioners who you can hire to help interpret your results.
  • Nutrahacker – from $37 – $85.  Has several reports that you can buy on celiac, methylation, and carrier status.  (Most of the information is actually available on this blog and other blogs for free, but if money is not an issue, the reports are probably the simplest way to get the information in a nice, printable format.)

If you have suggestions of other websites, please add them in the comments below.

updated 3/2017

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14 Comments

Sema · February 17, 2016 at 9:48 am

Hello, Сan you add option of using the service ch3enko.com , if you would appreciate its capabilities and ease of use of the information. Thank you.

    genelife · February 19, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll look into the site and see about adding it to the list.

Cosmo · March 5, 2016 at 4:51 pm

Check out http://www.infino.me

I’ve built a interpretation engine that links to thousands of scientific articles. We’re completely free and nonprofit.

Alex · October 21, 2016 at 3:03 pm

Professional and advanced interpretation engine for nutrigenetics and sports genetics – https://dnalifestylecoach.com

P.S. Ping me for a free access.

Tim · October 24, 2016 at 5:45 pm

Get some extra mileage out of your 23andMe data. DNA Romance is online dating based on your SNPs, see http://www.dnaromance.com

Jake · March 9, 2017 at 9:25 pm

You should look into http://www.impute.me – it really seems to be the most advanced out there

    genelife · March 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation of this website. Looks very interesting — but I worry about the security of my genetic information. This may be a website to come back to in the future when they have all the kinks worked out and a more legit looking privacy policy. I applaud the concept and hope that the devloper / geneticists can raise enough through their kickstarter to put together a secure site.

      Spencer · August 22, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      What’s the worry actually? It seems it’s one of the only sites that don’t store the genetic information (after 2 weeks it says). And definetly the only open-source option, so you can audit yourself

Matthew · May 2, 2017 at 6:51 pm

Is there a site you can take your dna and your partner’s and get a probability of traits of your child?

Bruce · May 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm

foundmyfitness.com has a free analysis tool for 23andme data. The philosophy with their limited reporting is to only report on concerns that you can mitigate with diet, lifestyle and/or supplementation. My only criticism is some ‘biggies’ like MTHFR are not in the report (as far as I am aware).

Tim · June 9, 2017 at 1:37 am

Single? Chemistry is important, RIGHT?
Get some help from DNA Romance, it’s matchmaking based on science and it’s free to try http://www.dnaromance.com
Now accepting raw DNA data from Ancestry.com, 23andMe, ftDNA, MyHeritage,……with many more file formats to come

    Bob · June 9, 2017 at 1:45 am

    Hey Tim,

    ^ you already mentioned this above.

Elvina · July 23, 2017 at 11:17 pm

http://www.toolboxgenomics.com

We provide dietary and lifestyle recommendations based on your 23andMe and soon to be Ancestry.com data. We have manually combed through over 10,000 published research articles to bring users only best quality research out there!

Sabitha · October 10, 2017 at 4:26 pm

Hi! Can you please list service from Xcode Life Sciences? They have very firm policies on client data confidentiality. Please do go through the page “https://www.xcode.in/23andme-raw-data-upload” for information on the traits and panels they cover.

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