What can I do with my 23 and me genes?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 information on 23andMe.com, you should download your data and dig into finding out more about yourself.

What now? You can use your genetic data to get a better picture of how your body works and what diet choices may work better for you.

Common sense: 23andMe doesn’t guarantee the accuracy of the raw data file and they let you download it for informational purposes. If anything rare or really bad pops up in your genetic data, I suggest using common sense and getting a second option.

Start with this website!
There is a ton of free information here, and it is based on research studies. Click the links in each article to access your 23andMe results.


Other websites to check out:

Keeping your genetic data private!
Be sure that you read the privacy policies and know what you are agreeing to before you upload your raw data file all over the internet. I’ve ended up removing several suggestions from this page because of their privacy policies and subsequent use of people’s data to sell them products!

1. Promethease and codegen.eu:  Both offer 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 issues for which you may be genetically susceptible.

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. I highly suggest that you spend the time to read through the additional information and the research studies that the reports link to; it is often overwhelming to see cancer or a bad disease pop up, but often when you look at the study you will find that the increase in risk is very small.

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.

2. If you have a specific topic that you are interested in (and it isn’t covered here on this site :-), SNPedia.com is a really good starting point.  It is a user-edited resource with links to research papers on 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, so there is no excuse not to just look up the words that you don’t know.

There are also lots of blogs and forums giving suggestions and protocols for certain polymorphisms. They may be a good starting point for your research. A word of caution though is that you should always check the sources and see where the author is getting their information.  Don’t just blindly follow what someone says on “the Facebook” :-)

3. 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, 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.
If you are concerned about the privacy of uploading your data file to the website, you can also kind of DIY it by looking at her sample report, which has a lot of good background information in it.

4.  Paid websites (again – actually read their privacy policy and understand what you are agreeing to):

  • Found My Fitness  $10  Dr. Rhonda Patrick offers several reports. Moreover, her podcasts are generally really informative!
  • 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 as well as links to snpedia.com and people’s questions and comments about that gene. There are links to practitioners who you can hire.
  • Sorry that this list is getting shorter! I removed a couple of websites that I am no longer comfortable with either due to their privacy issues or due to a lack of confidence in their content.

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

updated 5/2018


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.

    Ashley · September 4, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Can you please send me a link for free access? Thanks!

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


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.

Elizabeth · November 4, 2017 at 5:23 pm

Is the “Ancestry Only” data useful at all (under the new v.5) for getting health data from these other avenues? Or do you have to buy the full kit from 23&me to get useful results?

    genelife · November 4, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    I think the Ancestry Only data is still useful from the new v.5 format. I think about 2/3 of what I cover in my blog posts is covered on the new chip, and I’m in the process of (slowly) going back through and indicating which version (v.4 and/or v.5) each blog post covers. And going forward, I’m going to be covering some SNPs that are only available on the v.5 chip.
    Hope this helps!

Silvio · November 24, 2017 at 2:42 am

So would I basically get the same info with my raw data from 23andme’s ancestry only kit if I just input that into one of the suggested services above? And save $150?

    genelife · November 24, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    The raw data file is the same from 23andMe whether you order the Ancestry only option or the Health and Ancestry option. You can upload that raw data file to a variety of different places (some free, some that cost $), and get various different health reports. None of these are exactly the same health information that 23andMe offers. But pretty much all of the health reports from anywhere are based on scientific studies that are publically available. You can use the raw data yourself through reading through journal articles on the topics that you are interested in. http://www.snpedia.com is another great website to use if you are searching for specific health topics.
    Lots of options for you!

Katherine A Tildes · November 28, 2017 at 5:57 pm

Promethease is $10.

    AS · July 13, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Promethease is $12 now.

tom Ballard ND · November 29, 2017 at 5:34 am

Thanks for all the valuable information on this website. I’ve been a doctor for 35 years and have been into genetic medicine for five and am appalled that most doctors are still ignoring this information and leaving patients struggling to find answers – which are often the wrong answers.

I wrote a book which reviews the importance of genetic health reports and many of the companies offering this service: how many genes they test, the nature of the report (nutrition only, selling supplements, etc) and price. It’s free as an ebook on Amazon and is called Genetic Health Reports. I’m not trying to hock my book but get this information out to the medical community and public.
Best, Tom Ballard, RN, ND

    genelife · December 1, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks so much for adding your book information here. I’ve had several people ask for book recommendations and hadn’t had a good resource to recommend. I’m off to Amazon to download your book!

      tom ballard · December 2, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Great. I hope you find my book helpful. I have another one coming out later this year. I’ll let you know when it’s ready.
      Also, If you’re looking at other genetic report services, consider including mine, http://www.NaturalDNASolutions.com. It is more expensive than most ($149) but it’s also much more comprehensive and was developed to save doctors and patients hours of research. What I found was that patients are spending many hours researching their DNA, learning genetics, trying to figure out solutions for their health problems. To address this I founded Natural DNA Solutions (NDS) four years ago. It’s unique in that each genetic health report is individualized. It looks at 1400 genes using data from 23andme or Ancestry.com. It begins with a genetics 101 section, then describes the function of the genes in question, lists the possible health consequences of gene variations (SNPs), and then focuses on the genes that are the most likely problem for the patient. Most importantly, the report includes treatment options – nutrition, supplements, detoxification, and activities such as meditation, exercise, stress reduction. NDS reports are usually 120-150 pages long. So, while the price is higher, it saves hours of research and includes valuable treatments based on my 35 years in practice. Also, if you’re interested in selling NDS report services, I we can discuss discount pricing for you. Meanwhile, thanks again for this fine site and spreading the word about genetic medicine. Best, Tom

        Alissa · December 15, 2017 at 8:05 am

        Hi Tom,
        I just downloaded your book, too and am looking forward to reading it (and getting my genetic data in February!). Do you interpret data from Genes for Good?

          Tom · December 16, 2017 at 11:08 am

          Hi Alissa,
          No, sorry, I can only process the data from 23andme or Ancestry.com, both of which have large raw data bases. Genes for Good is for research purposes.

          Hope this helps,

    Kim · March 31, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you! I just downloaded your book 📚…I will be delving into this.

Luarel · December 31, 2017 at 4:05 am

I recommend http://www.xcode.in. It is moderately priced and delivers customize-able genetic health reports within 24 hours. I have found the information gleaned there to be integral to my diet, supplementation, and exercise routine and I think it would be beneficial for so many people to do. Well worth it!

Laurel Jimenez, USA

Jeanette · January 24, 2018 at 11:25 pm

Is there a website that takes the raw data from 23andMe and gives diet and exercise tips based on DNA?

    Debbie Moon · January 26, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Hi Jeanette,
    There are several places that will run their own DNA tests and give you reports on either diet or exercise. DNA fit is one, but I haven’t used it myself to recommend it.
    I’m actually working now on a ‘report’ format that will take your 23andMe data and consolidate it with all the diet research studies that I have articles about on this site already.

    The hard part of recommending some of the reports that I’ve seen other sites produce about diet or exercise is that the research really isn’t as specific as the reports make it seem. There isn’t a lot of research that says, for example, “if you have SNPs A, B, and C you should eat these foods”. The research is more along the lines of “if you have this certain SNP and are of this specific population, then saturated fat in the top quartile of consumption will raise your risk of heart disease by a small amount.” This doesn’t make for a cut and dried recommendation to cut out all saturated fats, but is more of a ‘heads up’ to keep an eye on it if test results are indicating heart disease risk factors.

    This is turning into a long-winded explanation of my frustration with other sites that over-hype a lot the genetic studies, coupled with my own struggles to create a report format that distills down a huge amount of information into something readable, but still with real information.

    Thanks for reading and commenting!

Claire Fountain · February 23, 2018 at 5:25 pm

Thank you Debbie so much for this valuable information and thank you Commenters for your valuable suggestions and comments. Does the raw data in 23andme provide gene variants (mutation) information on circadian clock related genes such as CRY1, DEC2, PER3, CLOCK (gene variants rs1801260, rs3816358 listed here helped start my research Debbie) and if so, which genetic reporting services website can interpret the raw data? I have Delayed Phase Sleep Disorder (and had triple negative breast cancer) and I would really like an analysis of these genes. Thank you again.

Gurjot · March 12, 2018 at 5:45 pm

My friend and I have built a free mobile app https://ginihealth.com/ for analysis and recommended actions for personalized nutrition and lifestyle. We have got very good feedback so far and we are building new features every week. I also write a blog https://genestories.com/.

Valentin · March 28, 2018 at 10:15 am

If you have non-European ancestry, mainly Asian/Indian, this is the best test you can take. They used to be small, but now their business is rivaling those like AncestryDNA and 23andMe.
The results were a surprise for me as I found out that I am less than 50% European and I found a lot about my non-European ancestry.

Valentin Coteanu – Romania

Joseph Silver · April 12, 2018 at 7:56 am

You wrote a great blog article about the different ways people can use their raw DNA to learn more about themselves. I’m wondering if you’d be open to mentioning and/or reviewing our company Gene Heritage in this article, or any other page on your website that you think is suitable.

If you’re open to this idea, I can provision a free Individual Report as well as a free Parent-Child upgrade for you to check out.

A bit about Gene Heritage:

We want to give AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and FamilyTreeDNA customers a way to learn more about their genes and traits in a format that’s both entertaining and informative. Currently, we report on eye color, earwax type, armpit odor, lactose intolerance, and Asian Flush, as well as on taste sensitivity to saccharine and certain cruciferous vegetables like broccoli. We report on smell sensitivity to a whole bunch of odorants including rose oil, violets, leaf alcohol, aspagusic acid waste, and a male pheromone. On top of this, our reports identify the ancient origins of a customer’s genes; we indicate whether a customer’s various alleles have been around for tens of thousands of years or derive from more recent mutations occurring in Europe, Asia, Eurasia, and Africa. With our Parent-Child upgrade, customers can see how genes have been passed on from parents to a child.

Instead of bombarding customers with loads of unintelligible data that oftentimes derives from dubious research, our approach is to carefully comb through the genetic study literature to curate reports that we assess to be scientifically reliable. We clearly state whether a gene has a major, moderate, or minor influence on a particular trait. There are a whole bunch of other influences on traits aside from genes, including dietary, microbial, and lifestyle factors. It’s important to us to paint a true and honest picture of just how much or little a gene influences a trait.

As far as future plans, we hope to:

1) Release a Grandchild Report that illustrates how genes are passed down through 3 generations of grandparents, parents, and child. The Grandchild Report will show what percentage of DNA a grandchild inherited from each grandparent.

2) Research and add more genes and traits to Gene Heritage, especially multigene traits like skin color, red hair, hair color, baldness, and height.

3) Add even more ancient origins for the genes we report on.

Please let me know if you’re open to reviewing Gene Heritage on your website.

Thank you,

Joseph Silver,
Gene Heritage

    Debbie Moon · April 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Hi Joseph,

    I would encourage you to read through the rest of my website before promoting your paid product on it :-)

    I agree that the topics in the paid reports you have available are interesting. In fact, my website contains already contains all that information for FREE. No worries – I’m not suggesting that your new paid product is using the information that has been available on my website for several years.

    As you read through the articles on my website, you will also find that my website is dedicated to combing through genetics research studies and curating the information for my readers. And you will see that I actually link to all of these studies for users to go and read the information for themselves.

    For anyone wanting this information:

Genomapp · April 29, 2018 at 2:16 pm

Hi Debbie,

Genomapp is an app that analyzes DNA raw data from main DNA kit providers (23andMe, AncestryDNA, MyHeritage, Genes for Good etc). Being an app allows us to focus on protecting the privacy of our users: DNA data is not uploaded to our servers, all the process takes place in the device of the user.

Our reports cover different subjects (complex diseases, monogenic diseases, inherited conditions, pharmacological response…) at very affordable prices.

We hope you find it useful. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any question.

    Debbie Moon · April 30, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Thanks for posting your privacy protection methods. So very important for users to understand how their data is being used!
    I would caution anyone using the Genomapp app — and any of the other apps and websites — that the 23andMe and Ancestry data is not validated (or 100% accurate) for a lot of what the Genomapp looks to be covering. Specifically, I noticed your BRCA1 and 2 screenshots. 23andMe does have FDA clearance now on just two of the BRCA1,2 mutations, and we really don’t know the accuracy of the BRCA data for all of the rest. So people need to keep in mind that, especially for inherited conditions, there is a chance that the genetic data is not accurate, and thus should always get a second opinion on anything serious.

Adam · May 18, 2018 at 10:39 am

Hello there,

I am really into my nutrition and self optimisation. I am an amateur mma fighter and i am looking to get my dna analysed. which is the best value for money and is it worth it? I have been ummin and arrghing over 23andMe for a while now.

    Debbie Moon · May 20, 2018 at 11:09 am

    In my opinion, it is worth it to get your DNA analyzed :-) Both 23andMe and AncestryDNA give you quite a bit of information, but you are going to have to dig in a learn a lot. 23andMe is a little easier to work with since you can easily look up your data right on their website. If you are good with using Excel (or something similar) to work with your data, then Ancestry DNA is also a good bet. Both companies run sales fairly often, so if money is tight, you may want to keep an eye out for a sale (perhaps around Father’s day).

Alison · May 30, 2018 at 5:15 pm

Paid for the thyroid genes report here and never recieved. Feeling less confident now about allowing your site access to my DNA data…

    Debbie Moon · May 31, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Alison –
    When you were on the page where you paid for the thyroid genes report, you should have been able to scroll down and see the whole report. It is on the same page as the button to pay. Feel free to go back into the reports and run them again. I would also be happy to refund whatever you donated — just let me know what the paypal account name is.
    And nope – I’m not collecting your DNA information or selling off your email address or anything. Just trying to help people out by providing information that they can apply to their life.
    Thanks for actually paying for the report option — so many people don’t, and I truly appreciate when someone does opt to pay.

BJ · August 15, 2018 at 5:52 am

Your site is great. When I get a job next month, I will try to donate to you
for your work.
One question is about the 23andme test for Gluten Intolerance. What is
it based on genetically since I was told there were no genes for intolerance,
except Celiac? I have +/+ (GG) for rs2858331, but -/- or all the rest.
My test was done about 5 years ago, so not all the same genes were tested
as the newer tests.
Also, under IGA, I have +/+ (TT) for rs 1990760 and 3 other +/- phenotypes.
Nine other genes under this category were -/-.

Thank you.
IGA genes tested.

    Debbie Moon · August 15, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Hi – Thanks for the comment and compliment.
    I’m actually not sure what the 23andMe test for Gluten intolerance is based on. You must be getting that information from another website because it isn’t on mine…

    I have seen on other genetics websites that they include Gluten Intolerance in reports that are based on a couple of SNPs. But I haven’t been able to find a solid connection in the scientific literature between any gene variants and susceptibility to gluten intolerance, and thus I don’t include it on my website. You are correct, though, that there are genotypes linked to susceptibility to Celiac disease.

    The SNP that you list above, rs2858331, is one that can be used in conjunction with another SNP to determine HLA DQ2.5. On my article on Celiac disease risk genes, I recommend using a different SNP to determine HLA DQ2.5 because it is more specific.

    I’m honestly not sure what rs1990760 has to do with IGA or Gluten Intolerance or Celiac disease. It is a fairly common variant in the IFIH1 gene, which is involved in the immune system and leads to a slightly increased risk of type 1 diabetes. Your genotype (TT) is the most common type found in Caucasian populations.

    Again, I have no idea what website you used for your Gluten Intolerance report. I recommend for any genetics report that you buy — or information you find on a website or Facebook — that you read the journal articles that are referenced. If there are no references listed (and there really should be references!), you can look up more information on any SNP (rs id number) using pubmed.gov or snpedia.com.

      crystal · December 30, 2018 at 8:44 pm

      I’m new to your website. Due to my medical issues I was told to order my raw dna on 23 and me. It’s confusing to determine which one to buy from. There is negative reviews on amazon, I also find them expensive. Is there any discounts? Do doctors order these tests with dna for mthr, thyroid disease etc? If I order can you help me understand the test? Thank you

        Debbie Moon · December 31, 2018 at 12:31 pm

        Hi Crystal,
        Did a medical practitioner tell you to order your genetic testing from 23andMe? If so, you just need the ‘Ancestry’ option that is $99 to get the raw data file.
        And yes, doctors can order genetic testing for all kinds of diseases, but they usually only do so if there is a medical reason that insurance will cover.
        As far as discounts, both 23andMe and AncestryDNA run sales several times a year. Just keep an eye out for them :-)

scott morino · December 28, 2018 at 10:24 pm

another health analysis tool for raw dna data is https://www.dnatoz.com

tom ballard · December 29, 2018 at 2:06 pm

Hello. I encourage all of you to check out what I believe is the only comprehensive genetic health report available. http://www.NaturalDNASolutions.com. I develop each report individually based on my 35+ years as a whole-system doctor using nutrition, detoxification, and activity (physical and mental). I’m the author of the only book on genetic health reports, Genetic Health Reports, as well as numerous health-related articles and Nutrition-1-2-3. Coming in 2019, Genetic Wellness: The DNA solution to chronic disease. Thanks for checking it out. Tom Ballard, RN, ND

Living with MTHFR · December 30, 2018 at 9:22 pm

Living with MTHFR offers custom reports with 2 different options. 1 can work with Ancestry or 23andme raw data and build 2 reports. The reports cover vitamin metabolism, methylation, detoxification and autoimmune issues. Over 250 SNPs are included and each report is built by a real person and not auto generated online.

Then there is a genotype report available on over 10,000 SNPs, covering a vast amount of categories. This option is only available for 23andme data at the moment.
You can find out more about both at LivingwithMTHFR.org

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