Melanie is interested in genetics and genealogy and has extensively researched her own DNA connections and used Ancestry.
Know the Genetic Disorders You Carry
One of the benefits of getting your DNA tested for your heritage is the option to learn about your genetic predisposition to certain ailments. In addition, you can get a look at genetic information regarding how you look or process food.
There are genetic mutations that can make you more susceptible to breast cancer, phenylketonuria, autoimmune diseases, and more. While these health reports can be helpful, getting these results from 23andMe or other DNA health testing sites can get expensive quickly.
For those of you who have already tested your DNA for your heritage with Ancestry.com or 23andMe, there's a cheap (err free) option for learning about your health traits without having to shell out more money to retest or upgrade.
Downloading Your DNA
In order to obtain your DNA health reports, first you'll have to ____.
In these next steps, I'll show you how to do this.
Step 1: Log on to Ancestry.com.
Step 2: Click "DNA" on the menu at the top of the page. A drop-down menu should open. Click "Your DNA Results Summary."
You should now be on your DNA insights page where you can view a host of things you can do with your DNA data. Here you can view your DNA Story, your DNA matches, and your DNA Circles.
Step 3: On the upper right-hand side of the page, click "Settings."
You should now be on your test settings page.
Step 4: On the right-hand side, there should be a button that says "Download Raw DNA Data." Click it.
Step 5: A box should pop up that asks for you to enter your password. Enter your password and check the box agreeing to the terms. Then click "confirm."
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In order to maintain the security of your information, Ancestry.com will send you an email asking you to confirm your download.
Step 6: Check your email and be sure to click the button "Confirm DNA Download" within that email. This will open a new page titled "Download DNA Raw Data" in your Internet browser.
Step 7: On the "Download DNA Raw Data" page, click "Download Raw DNA." This will download a zip file with your DNA to your computer. Do not unzip it. You will use the zipped file in the next steps.
Now that we've downloaded your data, let's move on to using that data to find out about your genetic traits.
Learning About Your Genetic Traits
For this next part, we will be using a website called CodeGen. CodeGen is 100% free and they let you submit your data anonymously. Using their service allows you access to a 1600-3000 page report on what can be found in your DNA. It works by comparing your data to data on more than 2000 genetically-linked diseases. In addition, you can learn how your genes affect your nutrition and fitness.
Step 1: Head on over to CodeGen.eu and click "start exploring" to get started. This will take you to a DNA upload page.
On the DNA upload page, you are presented with two options. You can upload your genome file or look at a demo genome. If you would like to get an idea of what your report would look like before you upload your DNA file, go ahead and take a look at the demo. To upload your DNA and get a report on your data, head to the section called "Upload Your Downloaded Genome File."
CodeGen also works with DNA data from 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, Genes for Good, MyHeritage DNA, Vitagene, and WeGene.
Step 2: In the section for uploading your genome file, click "browse" and upload the file you just downloaded from Ancestry.com. Then click "Start exploring!" Your data will begin to upload to the site and CodeGen will begin comparing your DNA to a database of various genetic conditions and traits.
Your report will appear on the next page. The traits most important to your health will appear near the top of the report. If you're interested in a particular trait, you can click "show more" to learn more.
Be sure to discuss any questions you have with your physician. If you want to make any changes based on what you've learned, also be sure to keep your doctor in the loop on that as well!
Please take note that your AncestryDNA report does not contain the segment responsible for a large proportion of breast cancer. Please consult a medical professional if you are interested in testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutation.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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