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2021 Update: Free tools for 23andMe, AncestryDNA, FTDNA raw data analysis

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27 comments on “2021 Update: Free tools for 23andMe, AncestryDNA, FTDNA raw data analysis”

  1. Thank you for such a comprehensive list! I already tried few of the third party tools on the list. Have you thought about adding GEDMatch and DNA Land? I know that they don't cover health, but they are quite popular and i thought it might fit in well. Thanks again!

    1. You are most welcome Lindsey. GEDMatch is definitely a popular and a useful tool. Thank you for suggesting it. I'll try adding it on my next update to the blog. DNA Land is also a widely used tool, but I have not suggested it since I am not comfortable with their privacy policy. They are an active research group so the policy seems to indicate that the genome files are directly taken for research. Let me see if they have made any updates to it and see about adding them.

  2. I used my DNA raw data to upload to Promethease. I got back about 20,000 rows of information. I tried changing parameters like magnitude and repute. But I am not sure if I am doing it right because it keeps throwing back results that I can either not understand or is too scary to read. And why am I getting results for prostrate cancer when I am biologically female?

    I don't know what to do next. I went back to their website and saw that the price has been hiked to $12. I got my report in December 2017, when they had given it a free run. This makes me wonder if the quality of my reports are owing to the fact that I jumped the gun and got it for free. Will paying $12 now give me better reports? How can I get my reports interpreted and in a better format? Please help!

    1. Hi Kathy. Thank you for stopping by. First off I'd like to tell you that third party raw data analysis does not give diagnostic information. It can be used as heads-up or a warning if the evidence is in sync with your clinical tests. But do not take it as a sentence.

      Secondly, since you have your Promethease report from 2017, I suggest you try our Simplified Promethease report that, as the name suggests, gives you a simplified version of your Promethease report. You can get it from here: https://www.xcode.life/product/ftdna-ancestrydna-23andme-raw-data-interpretation-analysis-tools

  3. I need to have my DNA tested yet, and I need to know about what it indicates for Celiac and for Fragile X syndrome. What company would you recommend I use to test DNA, and what internet site would be best for testing for those two?

    1. Hi John. Thank you for reading the article. If you are looking specifically to test Fragile X syndrome and Celiac disease, I would recommend that you do so through a clinical genetic testing lab. Any hospital close to your home with an active genetic testing facility can do this for you.

  4. I have done my DNA and I have my genealogy back to 1583 we came from England but I'm trying to find out what my eight-time grandfather's name is and where he came from I'm thinking he came from France because the original spelling was supposed to be c o u v e and I'm traveling to England next year to do research his name was c o v e y his sons was James William and George they came to the United States and 1625 I believe

  5. I tried Livewello and Genetic Genie and I was not happy with the support I got from both sites. Genetic Genie seems outdated and Livewello is unresponsive. Which of these report covers intolerances Allergy or Nutrition? Thanks on advance for your answer.

  6. I did my 23andme raw data analysis from Promethease and then opted to get it simplified from Xcode. It cost me an additional $20 but it would not have been the case had I taken Xcode first.

  7. This is a superb article. I have already started using Promethease, Xcode and Genetic Genie. Will post my experience with them as soon as I am through with their reports.

  8. I really appreciated how you broke down the services offered by each company. Would you have a suggestion as to what to use for the most comprehensive information? It seems like XCode LIfe is easier to understand and the most comprehensive. However, are there a couple others that provide additional useful info, that I could use in addition to XCode Life. It is difficult to tell what XCode Life is missing. I see numbers by each as well. I am assuming the number indicate the rating (which one is better in your analysis?) Thank you in advance for your time in responding!

  9. Hi Great article full of practicle advice sadly missing in todays world.

    I'm in the UK
    I can get 23 and me via Amazon UK
    My question is..
    Do I need the full test or does the cheaper version contain all the DNA snps data that these companies can decode?

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