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23andMe Service Options

23andMe® brings the world of genetics to you. 23andMe analyzes variations at specific positions in your genome. These variations, called SNPs (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms), have the potential to tell you about your ancestry, your traits—such as eye or hair color—and certain health conditions.

There are two service options available to choose from: Health + Ancestry Service and Ancestry Service. Both services require submitting a saliva sample using our saliva collection kit* that you send to our lab for analysis.

You should choose the service option that’s right for you. The Health + Ancestry Service includes all of the reports and tools offered in the Ancestry Service (outlined below) plus reports on carrier status*, wellness and traits. Customers who purchase the Ancestry Service will have the option to add health and trait reports later for an additional $125.

Both service options include tools to explore how your DNA connects you to other people. For example, if you choose to participate in the DNA Relatives tool, we can compare your DNA to other 23andMe customers, find your genetic matches, and estimate how closely you are related.

Health + Ancestry Service $199 plus shipping Ancestry Service $99 plus shipping

Includes:

  • Ancestry reports (Ancestry Composition, Haplogroups, and Neanderthal) 
  • DNA Relatives tool 
  • Carrier Status* reports
  • Wellness reports
  • Traits reports

View full list of reports

 

Includes:

    • Ancestry reports (Ancestry Composition, Haplogroups, and Neanderthal)
    • DNA Relatives tool

  

 

Add Carrier Status*, Wellness and Traits reports later for an additional $125

Have a specific question? Select your question from the list below or continue reading this article for an overview of the features 23andMe offers and the service in which the feature is available.

    • What is the difference between the Ancestry Service and the Health + Ancestry Service?
    • What will I receive? How do I see a list of currently available reports?
    • How accurate are the reports?
    • Is 23andMe diagnostic?
    • Will I receive a printed copy of my results?
    • What reference populations are included in 23andMe?
What is the difference between the Ancestry Service and the Health + Ancestry Service?

The Health + Ancestry Service includes reports on carrier status*, wellness and traits whereas the Ancestry Service does not. Customers who purchase the Ancestry Service will be able to add all of the existing Carrier Status*, Wellness and Traits reports later for an additional $125. Both services include the Ancestry reports—Ancestry Composition, Haplogroups, and Neanderthal Ancestry—and access to the DNA Relatives tool.

What will I receive?

The reports available to you depend on the service you purchase. The Health + Ancestry Service includes all of the reports and tools offered in the Ancestry Service plus reports on carrier status, wellness and traits. Only one kit is needed per person regardless of the service purchased; customers who purchase the Ancestry Service will have the option to add Carrier Status*, Wellness and Traits reports later for an additional $125.

Ancestry Service

You will receive 3 Ancestry reports—Ancestry Composition, Haplogroups, and Neanderthal Ancestry. You will also have access to interactive tools to share, compare and discover more with friends and family—including the DNA Relatives tool.

Customers who purchase the Ancestry Service will be able to add all of the existing Carrier Status, Wellness and Traits reports later for an additional $125.

Health + Ancestry Service

You will receive 65+ reports on carrier status*, wellness, traits and ancestry. You will also have access to interactive tools to share, compare, and discover more with friends and family—including the DNA Relatives tool.

View full list of available reports.

Learn more about 23andMe interactive tools.

How accurate are the reports?

23andMe is the first and only genetic service available directly to you that includes reports that meet FDA standards for being scientifically and clinically valid.

Our rigorous quality standards:

  • Carrier Status tests 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 Carrier Status tests and manufactured in accordance with 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%.
Is 23andMe diagnostic?

No, 23andMe reports do not diagnose any health conditions or provide medical advice.

The 23andMe Carrier Status reports can tell you if you have specific genetic variants that you could pass on to your children, from saliva collected using an FDA-cleared collection device (Oragene DX model OGD.500.001), but they cannot tell you if you have two copies of the variants. Carrier Status reports are not intended to diagnose a disease, or tell you anything about your risk for developing a disease in the future. Each Carrier Status test is most relevant for people of certain ethnicities. On their own, these reports are not intended to tell you anything about the health of your fetus, or your newborn child’s risk of developing a particular disease later in life.

The 23andMe Wellness reports make connections between your DNA and traits that may relate to healthy living, however, other genetic and nongenetic factors may impact whether or not you display a specific trait. Consult with a healthcare professional before making any major lifestyle changes.

The 23andMe Trait reports make connections between your DNA and your features and characteristics. It is important to keep in mind that although these reports predict your genetic chances of having a trait, many other factors can influence your actual traits.

Will I receive a printed copy of my results?

A summary of your reports as well as select 23andMe reports are printable through your account on our secure website. You must log in to your 23andMe account on our secure website to view your information. While some reports are printable, we do not include a printed report through the mail or provide your data via email.

You will need access to a computer or mobile device that connects to the internet. The 23andMe website supports the latest versions of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer (IE). We recommend using the most up-to-date browser version available.

You will also need access to a valid email address from which you can send and receive messages in order to set up a 23andMe account.

What Reference Populations are included in 23andMe?

The Ancestry Composition report - available in both the Ancestry Service and the Health + Ancestry Service - tells you what percent of your DNA comes from each of 31 populations worldwide. The reference populations aim to capture the genetic patterns around the world as it was before the widespread migrations of the past few hundred years.

Ancestry Reports

In your DNA, we can find genetic traces of where your ancestors lived throughout history. Explore what your DNA can tell you about your origins and your ancient ancestors with our Ancestry reports.

Ancestry Composition

The 23andMe Ancestry Composition report is available in both the Ancestry Service and the Health + Ancestry Service. This report uses DNA you inherited from recent ancestors on both sides of your family and tells you the proportion of your DNA that comes from each of 31 worldwide populations, offering a detailed view of your ancestry.

The Ancestry Composition results reflect where your ancestors may have lived before ocean-crossing ships and airplanes came on the scene.

Haplogroups

The 23andMe Haplogroups report is available in both the Ancestry Service and the Health + Ancestry Service. This report tells you about the ancient origins of your matrilineal and patrilineal ancestors*. Haplogroups are assigned by finding the genetic variants that are unique to each group. These genetic variants typically originated tens of thousands of years ago. Women and men both receive maternal-line haplogroup assignments based on their mitochondrial DNA; men also receive paternal-line haplogroup assignments based on their Y chromosomes.

*Your matrilineal ancestors include your mother, her mother, her mother's mother, etc., and your patrilineal ancestors include your father, his father, his father's father, etc.

Neanderthal Ancestry

The 23andMe Neanderthal Ancestry report is available in both the Ancestry Service and the Health + Ancestry Service. This report tells you if parts of your DNA can be traced back to Neanderthals. Neanderthals were ancient humans who interbred with modern humans before becoming extinct 40,000 years ago.

 

DNA Relatives Tool

The 23andMe DNA Relatives tool is available in both the Ancestry Service and the Health + Ancestry Service and requires customers to opt-in to the feature to access it. This is a popular, interactive tool that allows you to find and connect with genetic relatives and see specific DNA segments you share with them. The DNA Relatives tool can identify relatives on any branch of your recent family tree by taking advantage of the autosomal chromosomes—the 22 chromosomes that are passed down from your ancestors on both sides of your family—and the X chromosome.

 

Carrier Status Reports

The 23andMe Carrier Status* reports are included in the Health + Ancestry Service. The 23andMe Carrier Status reports tell you about variants that may not affect your health, but could affect the health of your future family. Being a "carrier" means you "carry" one genetic variant for a condition. Carriers do not typically have the genetic condition, but they can pass a genetic variant down to their children. Understanding your carrier status helps you work with your doctor to prepare for the health of your future family.

View full list of reports. 

Customers who purchase the Ancestry Service will be able to add all of the existing Carrier Status*, Wellness and Traits reports later for an additional $125.

 

Wellness Reports

The 23andMe Wellness reports are included in the Health + Ancestry Service. The 23andMe Wellness reports can help you make more informed choices that may relate to healthy living. Find out how your DNA influences your caffeine consumption, lactose digestion and your muscle type.

View full list of reports. 

Customers who purchase the Ancestry Service will be able to add all of the existing Carrier Status*, Wellness and Traits reports later for an additional $125.

 

Traits Reports

The 23andMe Traits reports are included in the Health + Ancestry Service. Our Traits reports are a fun way to explore how your DNA makes you unique, from your food preferences to physical features.

View full list of reports.

Customers who purchase the Ancestry Service will be able to add all of the existing Carrier Status*, Wellness and Traits reports later for an additional $125.

*These reports can be used to determine carrier status in adults from saliva collected using an FDA-cleared collection device (Oragene DX model OGD.500.001), but cannot determine if you have two copies of the genetic variant. Each test is most relevant for people of certain ethnicities. The tests are not intended to diagnose a disease, or tell you anything about your risk for developing a disease in the future. On their own, carrier status tests are not intended to tell you anything about the health of your fetus, or your newborn child’s risk of developing a particular disease later in life. The 23andMe PGS Carrier Status Test for Bloom Syndrome is indicated for the detection of the BLMAsh variant in the BLM gene, and is most relevant for people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.


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