By Dr. Brandon Colby MD, a genetic testing expert specializing in advanced genetic analysis and clinical genomics.
Over the last few years, 23andMe has grown drastically. They became extremely popular for their DNA test for ethnicity information, DNA matching, and basic health information. While many people went to 23andMe to purchase their first DNA test, there are many others who already took a DNA test and wanted to use the services 23andMe offered. Unfortunately, they were surprised when they learned about 23andMe upload data capabilities.
DNA testing from 23andMe provides insight into where in the world your DNA originated. You get to learn about your heritage based on your DNA. This is especially helpful for children from adopted families who may have no knowledge of their family history and use this information to help fill in the gaps of who they are and where they came from.
Additionally, reports from 23andMe help you build a family tree, an ancestry timeline and can also help you find relatives with similar DNA. Imagine being able to find aunts, uncles, cousins, or siblings you never knew you had.
Tools from 23andMe also help you understand your traits. Why do you have freckles? What makes your hair black? Why are you so tall? Genetics explains many of these things. These reports help you learn about what makes you so special, but also what connects you to others.
Did you know that genetics can influence your health? 23andMe offers tools to help you discover traits that could lead to sickness down the road. These tools can help you plan for your future. There are genes that can influence diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and so much more.
By making better health and nutrition choices, you can reduce your risk of developing these illnesses.
Many people want to leverage 23andMe’s tools using a DNA test from other companies. But unfortunately, 23andMe does not offer DNA upload services. You can only access their reports if you use their DNA test.
While there is nothing wrong with doing this, most people don’t want to pay for more than one test. Many companies offer free DNA uploads to allow you to learn more about your DNA without paying for a new test and waiting for those results.
23andMe does not offer DNA upload, but many people search for this topic, so we thought it was important to share all the details.
While 23andMe doesn’t let people upload DNA to their site, but they do allow their users to download 23andMe DNA data. You can take your data from their website if you purchase their test and get DNA analysis from other companies that do offer DNA upload, such as one of the ones from our Free DNA Upload Sites article.
One of the issues with 23andMe’s DNA testing service is that the type of test used by 23andMe tests less than 0.1% of the genome. This means that while you can upload your 23andMe raw data to other sites, you will get limited information about your DNA.
Sequencing.com is different from 23andMe because it does allow you to upload your DNA data from any genetic test or genome sequencing service. We want people to take advantage of the information their DNA holds as much as possible.
After uploading DNA to Sequencing.com, uploaders can use any of the analyses provided by our DNA analysis apps and DNA reports. There are many apps available that can help users understand their genetics fully in the areas of:
Many of the analysis apps are free while others are a bit more in-depth so there’s a charge. Sequencing.com keeps prices low so more users can afford them.
New apps are added to the DNA App Store regularly, which is how the site continues to provide value to users.
Unfortunately, as we mentioned above, many of our 23andMe DNA data uploaders find their reports aren’t as complete as they had hoped. This is simply because many of our comprehensive reports analyze more of the genome than what 23andMe tests.
The good news is that we offer offer whole genome sequencing (WGS), which obtains data on ~100% of your genome. For comparison, 23andMe and similar tests obtain data on less than 0.1% of your genome.
WGS sequences the entirety of genome data, including both coding and non-coding DNA. As its name suggests, this type of genetic testing can identify variations in any part of the genome.
To put it all together, if you have already taken a DNA test and are hoping to upload your DNA data file to 23andMe - you won’t be able to because they do not allow it. The only way to use 23andMe’s tools is to buy one of their DNA tests.
The good news is that you can use Sequencing.com to learn more about your DNA by uploading the data file to the site and using Sequencing.com’s DNA App Store.
If you haven’t yet taken a genetic test and don’t have your DNA raw data, you can always purchase one of our tests, which tests more of the genome than many other testing companies such as LivingDNA, 23andMe, MyHeritage, and Ancestry.com.
Dr. Brandon Colby MD is a US physician specializing in the personalized prevention of disease through the use of genomic technologies. He’s an expert in genetic testing, genetic analysis, and precision medicine. Dr. Colby is also the Founder of Sequencing.com and the author of Outsmart Your Genes.
Dr. Colby holds an MD from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and a degree in Genetics with Honors from the University of Michigan. He is an Affiliate Specialist of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG), an Associate of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), and a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC).