You’ve spit in the little tube, mailed it off to 23 and Me, and finally have your results available!
After playing around with all the fun ancestry reports, download your data and dig into finding out more about yourself.
You can use your genetic data to learn how YOUR body works and which foods are best for YOU.
Start with this website:
There is a ton of free information here, all based on research studies. Click the links in each article to access your 23andMe results.
- Fun articles to start with:
- Important things to check:
- Check out the Site Map for an overview of the 150+ articles on this website.
Other websites to check out:
Be sure that you read and UNDERSTAND the privacy policies before you upload your raw data file anywhere. I’ve removed several sites from this page because they use people’s raw data for marketing purposes.
They a good starting point to let you know what genetic traits you should look into. But the reports can also be overwhelming. Take the time to read through the additional information and the research studies that the reports link to. It can be scary to see cancer or a bad disease pop up. But often the linked studies will show that the increase in risk is tiny.
The Promethease report is $10 and gives a nicely formatted report that is easy to navigate.
The Codegen.eu report is free and has similar information to Promethease, based on snpedia.com along with links to research studies.
Digging Deeper on Your Own:
If you have a specific topic in mind, SNPedia.com is a good starting point. It is a user-edited resource (like Wikipedia) with links to research papers on specific genetic variants.
Pubmed.gov is the NIH searchable database for medical research studies. The terminology in research papers can be daunting at first, but you have the whole internet at your fingertips. Just look up the words that you don’t know.
There are also lots of blogs and forums giving protocols for specific genetic variants. Use them as a starting point for your research. I’ve learned to always check the sources and see where the author is getting their information.
Methylation Pathway Analysis: This free report gives a lot of background information on methylation cycle issues. It is based on the work of Dr. Amy Yasko, an expert in molecular biology and author of several books on autism. Dr. Yasko’s website has a wealth of information on genetics and methylation.
Concerned about the privacy of uploading your data file to the website? You could DIY it by looking at her sample report, which has a lot of good background information in it.
- Found My Fitness $10 Dr. Rhonda Patrick offers several different reports. Her podcasts are also excellent!
- StrateGene – $45. Color-coded report of your methylation cycle polymorphisms. They recommend hiring 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 genetic variants. It also has links to snpedia.com and people’s questions or comments about that gene. There are links to practitioners who you can hire.
If you have suggestions for other websites, please add them in the comments below.