Assigning gender to a file

For many types of genetic interpretation it is important to know whether the genetic data is from a female or male. An app may also require this information in-order to process the file correctly.  

Any file in your My Data page, including files that have been shared with you, can be labeled as being either from a male or a female. To label the gender for a file, following these three steps:

  1. Navigate to the My Files tab, which can be found by clicking on Data in the header of any page.
  2. Under the Options column for the file, click on the gear icon: 
    Set gender or population for a file
  3. Select Gender and/or Population.

For some file types, the My Data page will automatically label the file as being from a male or a female. This is accomplished by detcting whether the file’s genetic data contains a Y chromosome (male) or two X chromosomes (female).*

*Determining whether a file is from a male or female does not currently analyze for other possibilities, such as XXY. If there is a Y chromosome then the automated process will label the file as being from a male. If there are at least two X chromosomes and no Y then the file will be labeled as being from a female.

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