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Surveys and Quick Questions

This information applies to customers who have not yet been transitioned to the new 23andMe experience. If you have been transitioned to the new 23andMe experience, click here.

Surveys and Quick Questions are available from the Research & Community menu; you may also be prompted to complete certain surveys from your profile homepage.

Survey Basics  |  Reviewing and Editing  |  Surveys and Your Results


Survey Basics

Where can I view a full list of available surveys and questions?

You can access all of the 23andMe research surveys and questions under the Research & Community menu.

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How can I find more information about the survey I'm taking?

When viewing the list of surveys, each has an "About this survey" link below the survey name that you can click on to get more details about the survey and its goals. 

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You can also access the "About this survey" information by clicking the About link in the upper right of the survey page:

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In addition, each survey will provide a brief purpose statement and estimated time to complete the survey on the first page.

How does 23andMe select survey topics?

We select survey topics based on how heritable a disease or trait appears to be and how much genetic research has been done on the topic thus far. We also consider how common or prevalent the condition is, how easy it will be for people to report on that trait or condition, and general interest in the topic.

Do you offer surveys in a printable form?

We are currently unable to provide printable surveys. Many of our surveys are highly conditional on answers to earlier questions in the survey, so while there may be 300 total possible questions, any one user might only cycle through a dozen or so, depending on their answers. Thus, one user's "Allergies" survey experience may end up being very different from another user's "Allergies" survey experience. The logic involved in directing someone to the next relevant question based on their previous answer many times in one survey would be a jumble on paper. On the website we can handle that automatically in the background.  


Reviewing and Editing

Can I exit a survey in progress and complete it later?

Yes - on each survey page, clicking "Next" will save your progress. Every time you complete an entire page of questions, your answers are saved in our database.

I made a mistake in a survey or answered the survey for the wrong profile. How do I update my answers?

You can review or update any of your completed surveys. To view surveys with the option to sort by completion, hover over Research & Community in the top navigation bar and select Surveys, then click the "View all surveys" link at the bottom of the page.

Sort the list of surveys using the links in the upper right:

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On the Complete Surveys page you will have the option to Review or Update your responses.


Surveys and Your Results

What do I get in return for taking surveys?

You will see how your responses compare to those of other 23andMe Research participants. You will also know that you are contributing to groundbreaking genetic research. Once research on a particular topic is published in a scientific journal, we will publish these findings to our website, so you can learn more about the information contained in your DNA.

Do I need to take all the surveys for my data to be useful?

No, but the more surveys you take, the more useful your data is to research. Any information you provide, however, is valuable. To contribute to a specific research topic, such as hair loss, reactions to common medications, or headaches, the best thing you can do is take that specific research survey and complete the Your Medical History survey. 

If I do not have a certain condition, such as Parkinson's disease or frequent headaches, why should I complete a survey on that condition?

Your answers are very valuable even if you do not have a certain disease or condition. For our genetic research, we need to compare people who have a condition to those who do not. By completing surveys - even if you don't think they apply to you - you can serve as a research control. In addition, sometimes you may not develop a disease for which you carry genetic risk factors because you also carry protective genetic factors. By completing surveys, you might help us identify these protective factors, which are potentially valuable for developing drugs or other treatments. 


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