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23andMe – Health and Ancestry

23andMe – Health and Ancestry

23andMe, Inc. is the leading consumer genetics and research company. Founded in 2006, the mission of the company is to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. The company was named by Fortune magazine as a “Company Changing the World,” and named one of MIT Technology Review’s “50 Smartest Companies.” 23andMe has more than 3 million customers worldwide, with ~ 85 percent of customers consented to participate in research. 23andMe, Inc. is located in Mountain View, CA. More information is available at www.23andMe.com.

Genetic lineage

With 23andMe’s genetic ancestry service you can trace your lineage to 31 populations worldwide through your DNA. Our Ancestry Composition report analyzes genetic variants across all chromosomes to provide a breakdown of global ancestry by percentages. The average customer can trace their DNA to at least five different regions from around the world. Customers will also have their 23 pairs of chromosomes “painted” — a color-coded digital sketch unraveling your DNA, detailing the amount, or length, of specific ancestry on each chromosome.

The service also includes DNA Relatives, an optional tool matching you with close or distant relatives based on shared DNA. Ninety-five percent of 23andMe customers participating in DNA Relatives connect with a third degree cousin or closer relative. And for those interested in ancient ancestors, our Neanderthal report tells people how much Neanderthal DNA remains in their genome.

Genetic health information

The 23andMe Health + Ancestry Service includes all of the 23andMe ancestry reports and an additional 65+ reports on genetic risk for certain diseases, carrier status genetic risks you may pass down to offspring, along with daily wellness and reports on physical traits. This is the first and only genetic service available directly to consumers that includes reports that meet FDA requirements for clinical and scientific validity. We analyze, compile and distill the information extracted from ~650,000 points in your genome into reports you can access online.

You can learn about your personal health risk for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, hereditary thrombophilia (harmful blood clots) and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, which could lead to lung and liver problems.

We also provide more than 40 reports on your carrier status for certain diseases, like cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anemia. These reports do not tell you your own personal risk for the condition, rather the likelihood you may pass down a harmful genetic variant to your offspring, who may be affected by the disease if your partner is also a carrier.

You can also learn how genetics affect your diet with reports on caffeine consumption, response to saturated fats, genetic predisposition to weigh more or less than average, ability to digest lactose, and more.

Knowing this information can help you make more informed decisions about your health and lifestyle.


4 thoughts on “23andMe – Health and Ancestry

  1. moorek1967 says:

    Emily, I had mine done in 2013, but there are several things your company needs to rework. For instance, 23 and Me says that I am .5 inches ABOVE average height. WRONG, I am only 4'8", making me almost a whole foot shorter than most people. Also, 23 and Me says that I am at a very low risk for MS, WRONG. I was diagnosed with MS in 2003. I am currently now in a wheelchair most of the time.

    But, the ancestry side seems to be fairly accurate. It did pick up the fact that I DO have a great-grandfather from Ireland and that I DO have one set of great-great grandparents from Bavaria. However, the other small percentages are often called "noise" because they are so tiny at .1%

    It needs to be made a little more clear as it shows the chromosomes on which the Ashkenazi, West African and East Asian lie, but then we are told that it is so small to ignore it and yet you have the times (90 year spans) of at least 4 or 5 generations.

    But I love Morgan Fairchild, she is an American icon.

  2. moorek1967 says:

    They are adding 120 more regions, so you will have to do this video again.

  3. Is that a wig or what?

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