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Get a summary of your Ancestry Composition and see detailed percentages from regions around the world. Trace Your Ancestry Timeline and discover when different ancestries were introduced into your DNA.
Your saliva collection kit typically arrives within 3 to 5 days.
Follow kit instructions to spit in the tube provided — all from home. Register your saliva sample tube using the barcode so we know it belongs to you, and mail it back to our lab in the pre-paid package.
In approximately 6 to 8 weeks, we will send you an email to let you know your reports are ready in your online account. Log in and start discovering what your DNA says about you.
23andMe was founded in 2006 to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome.
We have more than three million genotyped customers around the world.
In 2015, 23andMe was granted authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the first direct-to-consumer genetic test.
Q: How do I receive my reports?
A: Our service is exclusively online. You'll receive your reports through a password-protected account at 23andme.com, and you'll have access to additional web-based tools and features.
In order to receive reports and participate in the service, you need to have a valid email address that allows you to send and receive messages. You also need access to a computer or mobile device that connects to the Internet.
Q: Why do I need to register my kit?
A: You need to register your kit in order to link it to your 23andMe account online. Registration connects the barcode on your saliva sample to your account so we know your sample belongs to you. Our lab cannot process your sample if it is not registered.
Q: How does my DNA become a report?
A: Your saliva contains DNA from cells in your mouth. We send you a saliva collection kit and instructions for providing your sample.
Our CLIA-certified lab extracts DNA from cells in your saliva sample. Then the lab processes the DNA on a genotyping chip that reads hundreds of thousands of locations in your genome.
Your genetic data is analyzed, and we generate your personalized reports based on well-established scientific and medical research.
Q: How is my privacy protected?
A: You choose how your genetic information is used and shared with others. We tell you how those choices are implemented and how we collect, use and disclose your information.
-We will not share your individual-level information with any third party without your explicit consent
-We support the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and other similar laws that protect individuals from being discriminated against based on their genetics and will not provide your information or results to employers or health insurance companies
-We have guidelines and policies in place to protect the personal information of children as well as incapacitated or deceased individuals
-We do not provide information to law enforcement unless we are required to comply with a valid subpoena or a court-ordered request
You can review 23andMe’s Privacy Statement at 23andme.com/privacy
Q: How accurate are the results?
A: 23andMe is the first and only genetic service available directly to you that includes reports that meet FDA standards for clinical and scientific validity.
Our rigorous quality standards:
-Genetic Health Risk* and Carrier Status* reports meet FDA criteria for being scientifically and clinically valid
-All saliva samples are processed in CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited labs
-Our DNA collection kit is FDA-cleared for use with our Genetic Health Risk and Carrier Status reports manufactured in accordance with FDA's Good Manufacturing Practice regulations
-Genotyping is a well-established and reliable platform for analyzing DNA
-Our team of scientists and medical experts use a rigorous process to develop and design each report, ensuring validity and ease of use
-Ancestry percentages are derived from our powerful, well-tested system that provides you with ancestry estimates down to the 0.1%
Q: Can I choose to exclude certain reports?
A: You will be asked to choose whether you would like to include or exclude Carrier Status* and Genetic Health Risk* reports. Our health reports provide information about genetic risks for health conditions that could be relevant for you, your children, and potentially other family members. Deciding whether or not you want to learn about these risks is a personal choice. You have control over what types of information you would like to see and can choose to exclude certain reports that you may not want to view. You can review important information about our Genetic Health Risk and Carrier Status reports.
If you choose to exclude these reports, you can include them at a later time from within your account settings. You will also have the choice to remove these reports from view at a later time, however, please remember that once you have viewed your genetic information, the knowledge is irrevocable.
It is important to note that reports on wellness and traits are always visible for profiles that purchased the Health + Ancestry Service.
- 5 reports including: Ancestry Composition, Maternal & Paternal Haplogroups, Neanderthal Ancestry, Your DNA Family
- DNA Relative Finder: Find and connect with relatives in the 23andMe database who share DNA with you. (opt-in)
Genetic Health Risk reports*
- 5+ reports including: Celiac Disease, Late-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease
Carrier Status reports*
- 40+ reports including: Cystic Fibrosis, Sickle Cell Anemia, Hereditary Hearing Loss
- 5+ reports including: Deep Sleep, Lactose Intolerance, Genetic Weight
- 15+ traits including: Male Bald Spot, Sweet vs. Salty, Unibrow
- Access your raw, uninterpreted genetic data file.** Must not be used for medical or diagnostic purposes.
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- Trace DNA through your close family and explore the genetic similarities and differences between you and family members.
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