Have you heard of the new website DNA.Land? DNA Land is non-profit research website run by three researchers affiliated with Columbia University and the NY Genome Center . They are also in partnership with the National Breast Cancer Coalition to better understand the genetic risks of breast cancer.
Computational geneticist Dr. Yaniv Erlich presented the project October 10, at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) in Baltimore, Maryland. Erlich has previously combined data from genealogy websites into the world’s largest family tree, with information on 13 million people.
They developed a platform to massively crowd source genetic, genealogy, and health information from millions of people. Their goal is to help participants know more about their genome and help science. By uploading their genome data to our website, participants will be able to find genetic relatives, learn about their ancestry, and get a more complete version of their genome data. During this process, they will also be able to contribute to cutting-edge genetic research.
On the DNA.Land website it list The Team as Dr. Yaniv Erlich, Dr. Joe Pickrell, and Assaf Gordon. From the DNA.Land website: “DNA.Land is in partnership with the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) to better understand the genetic risks of breast cancer. NBCC has focused on gaining access to quality, evidence-based care for all, increasing the influence of breast cancer patients and activists in the decision making that impacts all issues surrounding breast cancer, and on research to end breast cancer.”
From Nature.com: For instance, to stitch together a coherent data set from genomes that have been analysed by multiple companies and which each test for different genetic markers, DNA.LAND will use a method called imputation. This allows the project to infer the identities of gene variants that were not originally tested, filling in gaps on the basis of knowledge about specific markers that are often inherited together. Participants will be told about newly identified genetic variants uncovered by imputation. The researchers also have promised to tell participants if the work uncovers that they have relatives in the project database.”
Here’s a link to the complete Nature.com article:
After registration, they will ask you to download your genome data directly from the DNA testing website. Currently, they only support 23andMe, FamilyTree DNA, or Ancestry.com. If you don’t know how to download your data, they provide you step-by-step instructions. Then, you can follow the registration and upload process. Your data won’t be collected until you complete the consent as part of the registration process.
As you can see on the picture above of the website, I was number and waiting for good things to come.
It took about a week to have my ancestry results, then another week to get the matches report. The ancestry report mirrored Ancestry.com and 23andMe findings, just not the pretty colors and not as much detail. The registered people on the site had doubled since submitted my file. On October 20th there were 7130 registered user and I did’t have any matches. I will keep checking back for matches.
UPDATE: As of 10/26/2015 there are now 8236 registered users and the Relatives Matches shows no matches. I am in touch with three other people that have been shown matches. Most of them already knew the people they were matched to from other DNA testing site matches.