You’ve spit in the little tube, mailed it off to 23 and Me or AncestryDNA, and finally have your results available!
After playing around with all the fun ancestry reports, you can download your data (here’s how) 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.
There is a ton of free information here, all based on research studies. Click the links in each article to access your 23andMe results. Seriously, you are already on the best resource for learning about your genes (and yes, I’m biased!).
Review of Promethease (www.promethease.com):
Overview: This website matches your 23andMe, AncestryDNA, or other genetic data to the information on the Snpedia.com website.
Cost: $12 – $16
Review of Codegen (www.codegen.eu):
Overview: This website also matches your 23andMe raw data file to information on Snpedia. They have comments from other users which may be helpful if you like anecdotes.
Note that they are partnered with a company to sell you vitamins.
Review of SNPedia (www.snpedia.com):
Overview: This is a user-edited resource (like Wikipedia) with links to research papers on specific genetic variants. If you have a specific topic in mind, SNPedia.com is a good starting point.
Overview: This is the National Institute of Health’s 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. Some of the articles only show the abstract, but many have links to the full study.
Methylation Pathway Analysis (www.knowyourgenetics.com)
Overview: 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.
Cost: Free (with links to purchase supplements)
Review of Found My Fitness (www.foundmyfitness.com/genetics):
Overview: Dr. Rhonda Patrick offers several different reports on genetics. Her podcasts are also excellent!
Review of StrateGene (www.strategene.org):
Overview: This is a color-coded report of your methylation cycle polymorphisms that is fairly comprehensive for that purpose. It uses 23andMe data. Strategene is part of Seeking Health, from Dr. Ben Lynch. They recommend hiring a physician to interpret the report since the report doesn’t really explain what each SNP means. There is also a Facebook group for people who have paid for a report.
Review of LiveWello (www.livewello.com):
Overview: 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.
Review of My Gene Food (www.mygenefood.com):
Overview: This website takes your genetic data from 23andMe or Ancestry.com and creates a custom diet plan for you based. They also have a section of recipes. While I may have personal reservations on this type of service due to limitations of research on diet/gene interaction, the blog articles and information on the MyGeneFood website seem to be solidly researched and very informative.
Review of Dash Genomics (www.dashgenomics.com/):
Overview: This company takes your genomic data and personal information to compute your in-depth risk for Alzheimer’s disease. They chart out your risk and show you how it stacks up to the normal risk at various age points.
Review of Genetic Genie (www.geneticgenie.com):
Overview: This popular website gives you a report on your methylation cycle related genes. A lot of the information is based on work from various clinicians’ websites and not based on research studies. Note that the website apparently hasn’t been updated since 2013.
Cost: $10 donation
Review of Impute.me (https://www.impute.me):
Overview: This website allows you to upload your genome and then run several ‘modules’ on it. Examples include modules on drug response and rare diseases. While not as user-friendly as other websites, Impute.me has in-depth information available on very specific topics.
Cost: $5 donation
The only right We reserve, is the future possibility to contact participants through provided email. This includes the possibility to ask users if they are interested in further academic research.”
If you have suggestions for other websites, please add them in the comments below.