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Ordering Lab Tests On Your Own

Genetics can tell you what you are likely to be susceptible to, such as high cholesterol or low folate. But in most situations, diet and lifestyle factors interact with genes. The best way to know if a genetic variant is affecting you is to see where you stand with a blood test. For many people, seeing their doctor is the best way to get tested. If you have Medicare or a great insurance plan that covers everything, your doctor’s office is the way to go. But what if you’re uninsured or have a high deductible? Or if your doctor won’t order a test you want? In the US (except NY, NJ, and MD), you can order your own lab tests and have them done through LabCorp, Quest, or other lab testing companies. There are a number of online companies that facilitate this process. However, they all have different prices for the same tests. There is a variable markup on lab tests, and prices depend on the volume the company orders. Once you have the test done, you can take the …

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When does AncestryDNA go on sale?

AncestryDNA can be a great option for DNA testing. You can download your genetic raw data file and use it on Genetic Lifehacks and other sites.  Get the Best Deals on AncestryDNA Test Kits: Check the Website Ahead of Time! While AncestryDNA generally costs around $99 for the test kit, you can snag a deal for $59 or $69 several times throughout the year. Traditionally, AncestryDNA goes on sale before these holidays: Discover exclusive sales dates and discounts for AncestryDNA test kits. Black Friday Sale: Experience huge savings on AncestryDNA test kits on the Friday following Thanksgiving. November/Winter Sale: From early November through Black Friday, AncestryDNA offers enticing discounts on their test kits. Take advantage of this sale if you like to shop early, but know that the prices are typically $10 higher than Black Friday deals. Christmas Sale: Capture the holiday spirit with discounted DNA test kits from Cyber Monday until Christmas Eve. Please note that the discounts may differ from those offered during Black Friday. Valentine’s Sale: Keep an eye out for AncestryDNA’s occasional quick sale during the …

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Convert Your Whole Genome File

Directions on converting a whole genome file into a .txt format that can be used on Genetic Lifehacks.

Converting MyHeritage .csv file to .txt

Quick and easy instructions on how to convert your MyHeritage .csv file into a .txt file. You must use a .txt file to access Genetic Lifehacks membership features.

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How to download your AncestryDNA raw data

A quick tutorial on downloading your data from AncestryDNA. If you download it from AncestryDNA, then you can use that data in a variety of ways.

Dirty Genes Protocol

Do your genes really get ‘dirty’? The quick answer is no but discover the meaning of this concept and how to better relate it to your genes.

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Best Reddit Forums on Genetics

Wanting to find out more about genetics or stay current on research? Reddit is one place for discovering new research studies.

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How do I check my Secretor status?

You don’t have to order an expensive secretor test if you already have 23andMe, AncestryDNA, or other genetic raw data – just check your genes.

What happens if I have MTHFR?

Wondering what MTHFR is all about? Learn what the research says about it and how to check your own raw data file.

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23 and Me vs Ancestry: Accuracy

Wondering whether to go with an or 23andMe kit? This is a quick, no-nonsense comparison between the two.

Debunking the “blood-type diet”

Does the science back up the idea that you can lose weight solely based on your blood type? The article explains the different ABO blood types, breaks down the core ideas of a blood type diet, and offer some food for thought on how to approach these methods. (Member’s article)

Biological Age Calculators

A look into the newest biological age calculators available. How well do your lifestyle and genetics interact to estimate your cellular age? (Member’s article)

How to Combine 23andMe and AncestryDNA Raw Data Files

This method of combining the 23andMe and AncestryDNA raw data files involves using a Mac or Linux terminal window. These directions assume you have some minor skills in navigating in a terminal window.

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Privacy and Your Genes

Promethease was bought by MyHeritage. Promethease user’s genetic data will be transferred to MyHeritage through the acquisition.

Use your genetic data for biohacking

One more tool to add to that biohacking toolbox is utilizing your genetic data. You can easily use your genes to determine which biohacks are more likely to be effective for you.

Review of 23andMe’s GrandTree Feature

A review of the GrandTree feature on 23andMe. It allows you to link together three generations to see what a grandchild inherited from their grandparents.

Nutrigenomics: Use your 23 and Me data

A list of focused articles on nutrigenomics looking into background science, research studies, and related genetic variants.