Yes, it can be confusing when you are told to get your genetic testing done and download the RAW DATA to test for genetic mutations. So if you are new to all the genetic mumbo jumbo, this is my post to YOU! Not only am I going to walk you through ordering your 23andMe kit, I will also show you how to order multiple tests to get a substantial discount, AND how to order a Small Sample Kit for small children who can't spit or for anyone who has a hard time getting enough saliva for this testing. Just follow the RED ARROWS!
First things first! 23andMe is a saliva-based DNA service. They provide genetic reports on your ancestry, family history and help you connect with your DNA relatives.You may have heard a while back, the FDA threw a big fit about 23andMe and their Health Related Assessments. Most people thought that was the end of 23andMe, but in reality, all it has changed is their health-related reports. Essentially they are no longer able to report if you are susceptible to different health conditions based on your genetics. I had my testing done before this change, and I can tell you from experience you aren't missing much! Besides what we are really doing this for is the RAW Genetic Data. Your Raw Data holds the key to more information that you will know what to do with... No Joke! Most people will tell you that this is by far the best $99 you will ever spend and I 100% concur. Most people who are seeking their RAW Data are usually seeking Methylation Analysis to understand and treat their detox pathways. There are several sites that will actually plug right into your 23andMe profile and read your genome to show you any mutations you may have in the Methylation Genes. GeneticGenie.org or Livewello.com are two sites that are commonly used for such testing. Genetic Genie is free and test for less that 20 mutations, making it a great start. While Livewello has a small one time fee, it has a been a never ending wealth of knowledge!
Go to 23andMe click on "Order Now" and lets get started!
Next you will indicate who will be using the kit.
Earn an additional 20% off on any additional kits you order.
Once you've added what kits you want, you have the option to add a Assisted Collection Kit for those who aren't able to spit or produce enough saliva.
Scroll down till you see "Sample Collection For Children" and click.
Next it will take you to a page in which explains the test and who should and shouldn't order it. Scroll down and click on the URL and it will redirect you back to your order page. This Assisted Collection Kit does cost an additional $25 but it does count towards an additional kit to get the 20% off.
After it redirects you back to your order page you will notice a new link that reads, "Need an Assisted Collection Kit?" Click on it!
Then it will give you the option to add it to your order!
Once you've added the Assisted Kit to your order you will notice the 20% discount. Indicate who will be using it! If it's a Johnny Child, good for you! ;) Click the Agreement, then Continue and you will be redirected to your shipping and payment info.
Easy Peasy! Now the part that people had the most problems figuring out is retrieving your Raw Data after you've received your results within 3 to 6 weeks. But I am here to dumb it down for ya! Below you can find my PRETEND Johnny Depp 23andMe Report!! No it's not real, it's actually my report in disguise.
So what you do is click on your profile name to the right and several options will pop up. Click on BROWSE RAW DATA.
Next you will see the advanced view of your uninterpreted genetic data. From here you will click on DOWNLOAD off to your right.
You will then be directed to a page in which you will reconfirm your password and answer your secret question. Get it right, and there you have it! Click on Download Data. You should get a popup prompting the download.
And there you have it! This is your Genome. Yours for the rest of your life, and the rest of your family's life even! Giving you insight into things you never could have imagined an ability to see!
I hope this is helpful to you, and please feel free to ask questions!
Grace, Peace, and Health in Christ,