For the first time ever, genetic testing company 23andMe is allowing individuals to upload raw DNA data in exchange for a free Ancestry Composition Report, cousin matching and some health reports. But the offer is only good until the end of DNA Day, today April 25th 2018, and is only for those who have tested with AncestryDNA. DNA files from other companies are not accepted – although anyone can upload their DNA for free to MyHeritage. Continue reading for a breakdown of what 23andMe is offering as well as instructions for how to take part and download your Ancestry DNA file.
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The 23andMe Free DNA Upload Offer
Here is a breakdown of the promised reports. Read on to find visual instructions for downloading your DNA from Ancestry and uploading it to 23andMe.
– Muscle Composition: Find out if your genetic muscle composition is common in elite athletes.
– Sleep Movement: Restless sleeper? Genetic factors influence how often you move your arms and legs while sleeping.
– Saturated Fat & Weight: Genetic factors help explain why some people weigh more than others when their diets are high in saturated fat.
– Ancestry Composition with DNA Family! Discover your genetic connection to the world and get to know 23andMe customers who share your DNA using DNA Family.
It is unclear from 23andMe’s page if the ancestry report they are offering will be the same one you would receive from a full genetic test, but given that they state that they are providing a “sample” during the upload process it may be a limited version. Because results will take up to 3 days to come in, we won’t know for sure until then.
Although 23andMe has established themselves as one of the “Big 4” testing companies and a certain amount of trust goes along with that, we always encourage you to think carefully before uploading your DNA data to a site – and also before receiving any health reports as they may be upsetting to some users. Here is an important reminder from 23andMe, published on their page, that provides links to some ways to find more information about the company.
The quality of uploaded third party data has not been assessed by 23andMe and therefore reports may not be accurate. Reports are provided “as-is” without any warranties. If you consent to participate in 23andMe Research program, the information you upload and submit to 23andMe could also be used for research purposes. Click here to learn more about 23andMe Research. Have Questions? Contact our Customer Care team here.
Please remember that 23andMe is only allowing uploads until midnight tonight, 4/25/18 (Pacific Time). They may certainly extend the offer or repeat it in the future if it is popular but, for now, you will want to take these steps before that time to guarantee your participation.
Scroll down to find visual instructions for uploading your DNA to 23andMe.
How to get reports from 23andMe without an Ancestry DNA test?
If you have not tested with Ancestry and still want to receive results from 23andMe you can purchase a test directly from them for 30% off right now on their homepage. MyHeritage DNA, AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA and Living DNA are also offering big deals right now for DNA Day. Find details here.
How to get free DNA reports from other companies.
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If you want a free DNA report you can upload raw DNA from any company, including 23andMe, to MyHeritage DNA for free here. FTDNA also offers limited information for free. You will also want to explore GEDmatch for completely free reports and tools.
We offer a DNA Guide that will help you choose the best test for you. Read it here.
How to Download Your DNA from Ancestry and Upload it to 23andMe
Step 1. Visit 23andMe and click on the banner at the top of the screen, this will lead you to the upload page for this offer.
Step 2: Fill out the form, READ the terms and privacy statements linked to from this page and, if you agree, click the “sign up for free” button.
Step 3: 23andMe will now ask you to verify your email. Visit your email inbox and click on the confirmation link provided in the email they sent you.
Step 4: Once you verify your email address you will be asked to upload your raw DNA file from Ancestry. 23andMe provides a link to information about how to download this data or you can view Ancestry’s instructions right here. They are very clear. Basically, you will need to log in to your Ancestry account, click the DNA link in the top menu bar, click Settings in the upper right corner and use the request to download DNA button. Ancestry will ask you to verify your password and will send you an email link to download your file. This email came within 1 minute for us. Once you have you zip file, simply upload it as is to 23andMe.
Step 5: Once verified you will be asked to read and sign a consent form to take part in 23andMe’s research project. Agreeing to this consent form is NOT mandatory to receive your reports. We encourage you to read it carefully and decide if you would like to take part. It gives 23andMe additional rights over your information to help them complete research.
Step 6: After you agree or not to the additional research consent form 23andMe may ask you to fill out a Health Survey. You can do this now, later or never.
Step 7: Now you will need to wait. 23andMe says it will take up to 3 days to receive your reports.
We hope this information was helpful to you. Happy DNA Day!