23andMe Brings Back Health Reports

By DD / October 22, 2015
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I had my DNA tested at 23andMe after the FDA had stopped them from issueing health reports along with their results for ancestry, percentage neandrathal, and realtionship matches. When you ask a match if they will share their DNA analysis with you, it also asked if you would share your Health report. My experience is that very few people responded from requests to share. The numerous groups I belong to also echoed this result. The belief was that originally people used 23andme more for the health reports than for finding relatives. Even though they were not giving health reports they still asked for customers to fill out a 20+ min survey and other questions for their DNA based health research.

Today that all changed. An email went out from 23andMe stating that it was now able to issue health reports. From the email from the CEO:

“Today marks a great milestone in the history of personal genetics. I am thrilled to let you know that 23andMe is now the first and only genetic service available directly to you that includes reports that meet FDA standards.

After nearly two years of work with the FDA, extensive user comprehension testing and a complete redesign, 23andMe is launching an entirely new experience that includes carrier status, wellness, trait and ancestry reports. We have also developed new and improved tools to share and compare your genetics with friends and family – and for those of you participating in research, we will provide new insights to explore.

When will you get to see your new experience? Soon – we promise! You will receive an email when your new experience is ready. We want to ensure each customer has a seamless transition which is why we have set our goal to provide you with the new experience by the end of the year.”

I read this to say that people like me will be getting reports added to our accounts. That’s the good news. The bad news is that if you haven’t already sent them a sample, the price has gone from $99 to $199. There are much cheaper DNA health report sites than the additional $100. There will be future posts with more information on the new reports.

About the author

DD

I found my birth family after 40 years of looking for them. I used DNA tests, software to sort DNA match results, family trees, contacting DNA matches and several website tools. We want to provide you a "one stop shop" with all your resources to help YOU find YOUR family.

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