29 Aug, 2019

Best Additional Free DNA Analysis Tools for 23andMe, AncestryDNA and MyHeritage Users

AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and MyHeritage have a combined total of over 15 million consumers’ genetic information in their database. All of these companies allow customers to download their raw data and there are hundreds of companies offering to re-analyse your data to give you even more information about your health or ancestry.

While most of these types of services will cost you, some give extra analysis for completely free. But be careful - if it is free it may be that they are hoping to make money by selling your data. This article describes a few free services that help you learn more with clear policies against selling or sharing your data without explicit permission.

If you do not know how to download your data, here are ‘how to’ links for 23andMe, AncestryDNA and My Heritage:

Downloading 23andMe data.

Downloading AncestryDNA data.

Downloading MyHeritage data.

Once you have downloaded your raw data, you can start exploring a whole new world of genetic information and the great part is, you don’t have to just choose one - you can sign up to as many platforms as you like.

1) Sano Genetics - Free

"Partake in genetic studies and medical trails on a platform that prioritises transparency, user data ownership and ethical research. Learn about your health, wellness and traits from a variety of personalised reports".

Sano Genetics puts you at the heart of research and gives you exclusive access to research projects relevant to your genetic condition. The platform keeps you 100% in control of your DNA data, and there are no tie-ins so you are able to delete your data from the platform whenever you wish to, your data will never be shared with researchers without your explicit consent.

"Your data belongs to you. No one will ever see it without your permission. We will notify you of research that may be relevant for you, but it's entirely up to you to decide if you want to take part and your data will never be shared without your permission."

2) LunaDNA

“The first people-powered platform where you share health data, advance science & take part in the value created.”

Luna DNA is a genetics database owned by its community. Members are seen as equitable partners and through contributing their DNA and additional medical records receive shares of ownership which you are able to keep or donate. Members also receive dividends from the revenue produced from studies.

Luna DNA was founded as a Public Benefit Corporation with a socially responsible set of values and beliefs; with users having the “right to own and share their genomic and health data” which in turn benefits the entire community.

3) Genomelink

“Go beyond genealogy — and learn how your DNA shapes your nutrition, fitness, personality and intelligence traits”.

Genomelink is a genetics company who offer over 100 trait reports on a relatively wide range of topics from personality to physical traits, the first 25 of which are free. It’s aim is to keep you in the know about your DNA and therefore what makes you, you. They therefore offer traits on Food and Nutrition, Personality, Intelligence, physical traits and sport.

Genomelink simply state “security is important, but for us, the ownership of your data is equally important. It's your data.” Their security is compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requirements (HIPAA) requirements, data is not re-used or sold and is deletable at any time which gives you control over your data.

4) MyHeritage

My Heritage is an ancestry-focused company that has recently released 27 detailed health reports which you can use for free when you upload your data from 23andMe or AncestryDNA and get your results analysed.

In the MyHeritage privacy policy they say that ‘all DNA samples are stored at our testing lab and may be kept by us unless or until circumstances require us to destroy the DNA sample, which you can request at any time.’ They also give you the option to allow them to store the samples for additional genetic testing subject, but only with your explicit approval.

5) Nebula Genomics

Nebula Genomics is a company that runs research projects to pay for genome sequencing. If you are eligible then you may get a free test. You can also upload your existing data to contribute to research and earn points that can be redeemed for prizes, like Amazon Gift Cards.

Nebula gives you the option to receive notice before they share your genetic information, which we recommend you choose if you want to be kept aware of data sharing. They will notify you via the website or service at least three days before they share your information in order to provide you an opportunity to direct them not to share your genetic information with the researcher who requested it.

Ready to learn more about your DNA?

Now there’s nothing holding you back if you want to learn more from your sequenced DNA and you can use several of these platforms at once. Just be sure to read each company’s data policy carefully so you’re confident that you remain in control of your information.

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