Digital Genomes, Genome Plans, & Genome Scans

1. What are digital genomes and why am I seeing them in my account?

We use the term “genome” to represent the DNA data for a single person. If you have DNA data files for two people stored in your account, you’ll see two separate genomes.

Genomes are automatically created in your account using our proprietary One GenomeTM Technology. Whenever a DNA data file is added to your account, One Genome will automatically detect if that data is from a person who already has a genome in your account (and, if so, will add the data from that file to the existing genome) or if the data is from a new person and will use that data to create a new genome.

Having all of the DNA data for a person organized into a single genome makes it very easy for you to access and analyze each person’s genome. Since these genomes are created by combining together the highest quality data from each of your raw DNA data files and these genomes are securely stored in your account, they are referred to as “digital genomes”.

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2. Where are all my DNA data files? 

DNA data files are stored within genomes. To view your files, click on a genome and then choose the ‘Files’ option. 

3. How can I tell what DNA files were used to create each genome?

Sequencing’s One Genome technology automatically combines all of an individual’s DNA data files into one digital genome. Whether you upload files from numerous third-party tests, get whole genome sequencing, or choose a combination of these options, One Genome will combine the highest quality data from all of your files into one easy-to-use genome.

To see the files that were used to create your genome, follow the directions in #2 above.

4. Why can’t I select my individual files when starting a report?

One Genome Technology is now automatically applied to all DNA data files in your account. Having all of your DNA data combined within a single digital genome makes it easier for you to use, analyze, and benefit from your DNA data. Instead of knowing which individual file to use, you just have to select your genome when starting a DNA analysis app or report. That app or report will then analyze all of the relevant data that’s available for your genome.

Before One Genome was available, many people reported difficulty knowing which file to choose when starting DNA apps and reports. Some reports work better with a specific type of file and if that file type wasn’t used, the results may be incomplete or may encounter an error. 

One Genome does away with having to know which file is best because now all you need to do is select the genome you want to use with a report and the highest quality data from your genome will always be used.

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5. What are Genome Plans and how do they work?

Genome Plans are’s subscription service that provide you with tremendous value as you explore and unlock the information in your genes.

Genome Plans include features such as Genome Scan, which continually updates your genome data based on the latest scientific research, and Genome Explorer v3, which is the world’s first search engine for your genome. Genome Plans also include monthly report credits that you can use with DNA analysis apps and reports in our marketplace.

You can sign up for a separate genome plan for each genome in your account. The Free plan, as the name suggests, has no fees. The Plus Plan is designed for people that are interested in wellness and genealogy while the Premium and Professional Plans are for people who want to get serious about using their genome to benefit their health.

All Genome Plans, including Free, come with the following benefits: One Genome Technology, Privacy Forever Protection, Unlimited Secure Data Storage, and HIPAA Compliance.

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6. What is a Genome Scan? 

Genome Scan is Sequencing’s proprietary technology that continuously monitors the latest research and scientific discoveries as they pertain to your genome. Whenever new discoveries are made that are relevant to your genome and possibly your health, Genome Scan not only updates your genome data with this new information but also proactively notifies you about these updates.

Every week there are large numbers of new research articles published throughout the world about new genetic discoveries, such as identifying a previously unknown gene. If you’ve ever wondered how a new DNA discovery may impact you, Genome Scan provides the answer. 

Genome Scan is always on in the background, continually monitoring the latest research as it relates to your genome. Whenever there’s a relevant finding, Genome Scan automatically notifies you and updates your genome data with this new information. So when there’s a new gene that’s discovered that may impact your health, your genome data will automatically be updated with information about this new gene and how it’s relevant to you.

Genome Scan is a feature of Sequencing’s paid Genome Plans. Free genome plans do not include Genome Scans. Plus, Premium, and Professional Genome Plans receive quarterly, monthly, and weekly genome scans, respectively.

7. How can I rename my genomes?

First click on a genome in the menu or on the genome card. On the next screen, click the “Edit” button in the upper-right of the “Genome Details” window. Enter a new name in the “Genome” field. Click the “Save Changes” button. 

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