Thursday, June 23, 2016

23andMe and the new homepage for The New Experience

Since last year 23andMe has been transitioning new and old participants to The New Experience. As a version 2.0 and 3.0 participant, I have recently been told I will be transitioned by the end of August 2016.

Below is a link to a 23andMe Blog post on the new Homepage:

Designing the New 23andMe Homepage

June 22, 2016
Published by 23andMe under 23andMe and you, inside 23andMe

A Personalized Guide to the Incredible You
By Scott Andress, Director of Product Design at 23andMe

Your 23andMe results have arrived. The day you’ve been waiting for is here. It’s the culmination of curiosity, mystery – even trepidation. What will you find out about yourself and your family? The answers are just one click away.

Continue reading here: Designing the new 23andMe homepage

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Danish travel site does DNA testing

DNA Results Reveal Surprising Truths in This Travel Site's Experiment

Momondo Encouraged 67 People to Find Out More About Their Origins

By Alexandra Jardine. Published on Jun 02, 2016

Danish travel search site Momondo conducts a mass DNA experiment in this revealing mini documentary, which sets out to prove that our views about foreigners could be fundamentally changed if we knew more about our own genetic origins.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

MyHeritage is accepting DNA data uploads from FTDNA, 23andMe, and AncestryDNA for DNA matching

The MyHeritage blog has posted details of the new feature:

Judy Russel has posted about the consents asked for by MyHeritage. If you are considering uploading your DNA data, you should read her blog at The Legal Genealogist.

One requested consent is required to allow the use of your DNA in matching. The other covers use of your DNA and non-identifying personal information in current or future "research". That consent is not required to use the DNA matching. Judy has done a fine job describing the issues around this consent and I urge you to read it carefully.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

New DNA Service - Diploid: Diagnosing rare diseases


From their homepage:

Diploid Diagnosed

The ultimate genome interpretation service

Diagnosed is a rare disease diagnostics service unlike any other. Combining our critically acclaimed SNP interpretation platform, with our new CNV analysis pipeline, we are confident that we can provide a genetic diagnosis for rare diseases in the areas of intellectual disability, dysmorphisms, metabolic conditions, blindness and deafness. You don’t have to take our word for it: if our WGS analysis does not return a plausible candidate variant, the analysis will be completely free*.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Less than 4% of sequenced human genome sequences are non-European

Article: New era of genetic research must include more indigenous people, says Keolu Fox Geneticist says trust, technology key to increasing ethnic diversity in human genome project.

Keolu Fox is on a mission to increase ethnic diversity in human genome sequencing.

Fox, an indigenous Hawaiian geneticist, was studying at the University of Washington when he discovered that less than four per cent of human genome sequencing is non-European, with less than one per cent being from indigenous people. 
Human genome sequencing could play a key part in determining how genetics play a role in chronic diseases that disproportionately impact indigenous people, such as diabetes, Fox said.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Maine Irish DNA Database

Thanks to DNA ancestry project, Mainers with Irish ties are smiling

A giant archive overseen by a Portland group twins traditional and genetic genealogy to help trace family trees and connect relatives.

Continued here:

Sunday, December 06, 2015

23andMe now legal in New York and Maryland

From Reuters:

23andMe Genetic Service Now Fully Accessible to Customers in New York and Maryland

PR Newswire

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 4, 2015

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 23andMe, Inc., the leading personal genetics company, today announced that its service is now completely available to people both in New York and Maryland.

Previously, customers in New York could not ship saliva samples from the state, while state law in Maryland prohibited direct-to-consumer genetic testing all together.

Monday, November 09, 2015

23andME is changing on the 11th! Do these things to prepare

23andME is changing the way it works on the 11th.

Go to 23andME and login:

If you are set as Anonymous and want to have access to genealogy info, click on you Name ->Edit Profile and set it to a real name and set "Who can see this"to "All 23andme members".

Under "Account Settings", be sure Sharing Options and DNA Relatives are unchecked. Uncheck Health Options if you want to see your medical information.

DNA Relatives:

1) open your PC's browser
2) go to www.23andMe.come and log in
3) navigate through the menus: "Family and Friends" -> DNA Relatives"
4) Click on "Download" under your name
5) A CSV file (for use in a spreadsheet program) of all your matches will download to your computer.
6) Save that file.

1.      Set the matches to 100 per page
2.      Go to "Save Page As . . ."
3.      Save the page in a pre-arranged folder as “Web Page, complete” (for Mac) (or comparable under Windows) with a distinctive filename that works for you, e.g.:    23andMe DNAR MFK (profile’s initials) Page 1.html
4.      Repeat the above as you page forward through your Relative matches.
5. Save each file.

Reinvite close relatives who have not responded to invites

1) open your PC's browser
2) go to and log in
3) navigate through the menus: "Family and Friends" -> DNA Relatives"
4) Set to 100 per page
5) select "Sort:relationships" and click on "contact status"
6) page through until you get to "Invitation Sent". If the date is over 30 days ago, click on "Cancel"
and resend.


Sort DNAR by relationship and go through the first 100 entries and reinvite all who have not responded or accepted the invite but are not sharing and do not have a name.

Sort DNAR by Percent Shared and do the same.

Countries of Ancestry:

1) open your PC's browser
2) go to www.23andMe.come and log in
3) navigate through the menus: "my results -> ancestry overview -> ancestry
tools -> countries of ancestry"
4) select one of your genomes from the "show results for" drop-down menu
5) wait a minute for it to load; ignore the table and graph, and click on
the blue download button underneath the graph
6) repeat steps 4 and 5 for each of "your" known cousin matches.

I would do it for anyone who you known is related to you and for your first 100 matches in DNA Relatives.

Family Inheritance:Advanced:

1) open your PC's browser
2) go to www.23andMe.come and log in
3) navigate through the menus: "my results -> ancestry overview -> ancestry
tools -> Family Inheritance:Advanced"
4) select one of your genomes from the drop-down menu
5) wait a minute for it to load; ignore the table, and click on
the blue words "Download "your name" shared segments"
6) You will get an email from 23andme telling you the file is ready. Click the link in that email.
7) Login to 23andme and the file will download to your browser. Save the file.

Good Luck!