You’ve spit in the little tube, mailed it off to 23andMe or AncestryDNA, and finally, your results are available! Now is the time to find out what else you can learn about from your genetic raw data file.
First, go download your data (here’s how). It is your data, and you should store it safely.
Then you can use your 23andMe raw data file to learn how YOUR body works and which foods may be bet for you. We are all unique – and information on weight loss, diet, disease risk, medications, and nutrition can be tailored to fit your genes.
There is a ton of free information here, all based on research studies.
Click the links in each article to access your 23andMe results on the 23andMe website. It’s that easy :-)
Use your genetic data to find out about:
Need more help? Check out the Genetic Lifehacks membership option which offers quick ways to view your genetic data for each topic (in a privacy-first format without needing to upload your data!) I also offer a paid consultation report. This is an easy way to get a personalized look into the health topics you can learn about from your genetic raw data file.
Please note that I am not endorsing these companies – or profiting! – from these links.
Privacy is so important when it comes to your genetic data.
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.
Price: $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.
If you are interested in learning about specific health topics from your genetic raw data file, there are many free tools that you can use to get started.
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.
This is a search engine for looking up research studies relevant to specific SNPs or genes. It is really handy because it searches by both rs id and by other ways that researchers reference a SNP.
This is definitely on the geekier side of things. There are several tools available on this website that show how genes interact with each other as well as topics that are intertwined.
Overview: This is a database for clinicians and researchers to use containing information on how pharmaceutical drugs interact with genetic variants.
Overview: Database of SNP information for researchers. If you have the rs id of a SNP you are interested in learning more about, plug it in here. This will give you information on the frequency in the population as well as links to all published research on that SNP.
Review of Found My Fitness (www.foundmyfitness.com/genetics):
Overview: Dr. Rhonda Patrick offers several different reports on genetics. Her podcasts are also excellent and very informative!
Price: $25 or $15/month for membership
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 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 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 Genetic Genie (www.geneticgenie.com) – not recommended:
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.
Price: $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.
Price: Free, (but a $5 donation is suggested)
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.”
Review of Orig3n.com (https://www.orig3n.com):
Overview: This company offers both genetic testing and reports on several different topics. They also offer an app, ways to share your data with other people and on social media, and community interaction.
Price: $149 (test included)
If you have suggestions for other websites,
please add them in the comments below. Comments removed for privacy and spam reasons. Please contact me via the contact page with suggestions.
Originally published 6/2015. Updated 1/2020