From my experience with 23andMe’s genotyping service, when results were ready, I got 254 reports all at once, and they didn’t even include much of the ancestry reports! The reports are listed at the end, and were in groupings of:

  • Health risks (120)
  • Drug response (24)
  • Inherited conditions (50)
  • Traits (60)
  • 3 special reports needing individual approval among above groupings
  • 3 health tools to assess some features about you

A quick browse of the reports showed me there were simple to understand summaries, but that they could me misleading unless I delved into the details that was sometimes overwhelming to me for now because I need to learn more science involving genetics. Those reports seemed beautifully compiled to keep things in plain language as possible, with rigorous scientific journal references like an academic paper. One should be mindful, though, that complexities of science means some things can only be simplified to a limited extent, and the reader would have to rely on learning additional content or have sufficient intelligence to understand certain concepts fully.

If you’re reading this and have not done the genotyping with 23andMe, you might ask yourself this. Would you pay $120-$160 to know all these things (listed below) about yourself? Aside from the privacy issues, which is a different issue than value for money, I definitely think it’s worth the money! The $160 is if you’re doing this solo and have to pay for the first or solo kit. The $120 is if you’re paying for a second kit in a batch. The range is if you share costs with more than one person. The more you share among others, the more you can save, obviously.

How I Initially Went Through My Reports

There is no one way to go through the reports. It depends on what is most important to you and your style. You might want to go through the lighter Traits set first, for example, if your health isn’t good and you don’t want more potential bad news in the Health set (which is optional to view). I did genotyping for health, so into the Health batch I went. It was presented in sub-groupings of increased risk (compared to an average population), decreased risk and average risk, in that order. Kind of like bad news but probably most significant news, good news and news you can leave till later. I also looked at the percentages, so that if I were twice as likely to get something as the average population, but that the odds were still like 0.2%, then yeah, whatever. You have to look at the relative risk factor (how many times more likely) and the absolute risk factor (actual percentage), to properly interpret these results initially. I skimmed my full list, then read more into a few of my highest risk reports, then moved on.

I opened up both of my Special Reports associated with Health Risks, which were Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. 23andMe did a great job to make sure people think twice about opening this stuff because it could be devastating news if not in one’s favour. One should have a second think over and brace oneself for such potentially impacting news.

Next I looked at the Inherited Conditions, which are genetic inheritance of certain conditions deemed to be highly, or solely, influenced by genetics. These conditions and reports were basically like Health Risks, but mostly less commonly known as it’s not like we’ve got the common big killers nailed down, like cancer, heart disease, etc. I think there was a third special report in this group, but I can’t remember with all these reports everywhere, mostly medically named. And no, I’m not at risk for Alzheimer’s so this is not an early indicator. :-)

Finally, Traits were fun to look into and not too impacting. But because it’s stuff we all can relate to, like our physical and some personality/mental features, I think this is the group which’s reports everybody would enjoy the most.

23andMe does provide a few “packages” of “highlights” among one’s reports. I didn’t see it till after I went through my process described previously, because it’s not in the navigation menu at the top. That had a few highlights from Health Risks, Drug Response and a summary of Inherited Conditions. If 23andMe wanted that to be more useful, it should put it at the top with the navigation menu. It might also propose an approach on how not to get swamped, lost and/or overwhelmed with all those reports at once. I think that would be very useful to the client.

How I Will Share My Reports

As much as I’d like to share how I went through my reports in detail as I do it, it’s just not practical. Without wasting your time to explain it all, let’s just say that would be like writing a novel as you think about everything. I will simply share one or related batches of reports at a time as I am ready to share them (actually my writings on the reports and not the actual reports provided). Still, there will be a fair correlation to how I go about investigating my various reports in real life, so it’s not like I will be losing a lot of the reality factor here. I’ll also blog on the tools listed below before the list of reports in various categories.

Tools

There are also 3 Health tools to try and gauge some things about you, or give insight. I’m not sure they should be taken too seriously, but interesting to know. I’ll blog more on them later when I do know more.

  1. Blood type (and compatibility chart)
  2. Genetic contribution to weight
  3. Reynolds Risk Score for heart attack chance over next 10 years.

Health Risk Reports

This list has the report name of the health risk each reports on, and a value out of 4 regarding confidence 23andMe has in the research behind the report. Very nicely simplified for those not wanting and/or able to understand the full implications of the research in the report!

  1. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (3)
  2. Age-related Macular Degeneration (4)
  3. Alcohol Dependence (3)
  4. Alopecia Areata (3)
  5. Alzheimer’s Disease (4)
  6. Alzheimer’s Disease: Preliminary Research (3)
  7. Ankylosing Spondylitis (3)
  8. Asthma (3)
  9. Atopic Dermatitis (3)
  10. Atrial Fibrillation (4)
  11. Atrial Fibrillation: Preliminary Research (3)
  12. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (2)
  13. Back Pain (2)
  14. Basal Cell Carcinoma (3)
  15. Behçet’s Disease (3)
  16. Bipolar Disorder (4)
  17. Bipolar Disorder: Preliminary Research (3)
  18. Bladder Cancer (3)
  19. Brain Aneurysm (3)
  20. Breast Cancer (4)
  21. Breast Cancer Risk Modifiers (3)
  22. Celiac Disease (4)
  23. Celiac Disease: Preliminary Research (3)
  24. Chronic Kidney Disease (4)
  25. Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (3)
  26. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (3)
  27. Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate (2)
  28. Cluster Headaches (3)
  29. Colorectal Cancer (4)
  30. Coronary Heart Disease (4)
  31. Coronary Heart Disease: Preliminary Research (3)
  32. Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (2)
  33. Crohn’s Disease (4)
  34. Developmental Dyslexia (2)
  35. Dupuytren’s Disease (3)
  36. Endometriosis (3)
  37. Esophageal Cancer: Preliminary Research (3)
  38. Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma (ESCC) (4)
  39. Essential Tremor (2)
  40. Exfoliation Glaucoma (4)
  41. Follicular Lymphoma (3)
  42. Gallstones (4)
  43. Generalized Vitiligo (3)
  44. Gestational Diabetes (3)
  45. Glaucoma: Preliminary Research (3)
  46. Gout (3)
  47. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (2)
  48. Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis) (3)
  49. Heart Rhythm Disorders (Arrhythmias) (3)
  50. High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (3)
  51. Hodgkin Lymphoma (3)
  52. Hypertriglyceridemia (2)
  53. Hypothyroidism (3)
  54. Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (1)
  55. Keloid (3)
  56. Kidney Cancer (3)
  57. Kidney Disease (3)
  58. Kidney Stones (3)
  59. Larynx Cancer (3)
  60. Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) (3)
  61. Lung Cancer (4)
  62. Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) (4)
  63. Male Breast Cancer (3)
  64. Male Infertility (3)
  65. Melanoma (4)
  66. Melanoma: Preliminary Research (3)
  67. Meningioma (3)
  68. Migraines (3)
  69. Multiple Sclerosis (4)
  70. Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (2)
  71. Narcolepsy (3)
  72. Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (3)
  73. Neural Tube Defects (2)
  74. Neuroblastoma (3)
  75. Nicotine Dependence (3)
  76. Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (2)
  77. Obesity (4)
  78. Obesity: Preliminary Research (3)
  79. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (1)
  80. Oral and Throat Cancer (3)
  81. Osteoarthritis (3)
  82. Otosclerosis (3)
  83. Ovarian Cancer (3)
  84. Paget’s Disease of Bone (3)
  85. Pancreatic cancer (3)
  86. Parkinson’s Disease (4)
  87. Parkinson’s Disease: Preliminary Research (3)
  88. Peripheral Arterial Disease (3)
  89. Placental Abruption (2)
  90. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (3)
  91. Preeclampsia (2)
  92. Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (4)
  93. Primary Biliary Cirrhosis: Preliminary Research (3)
  94. Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (3)
  95. Prostate Cancer (4)
  96. Psoriasis (4)
  97. Restless Legs Syndrome (4)
  98. Restless Legs Syndrome: Preliminary Research (3)
  99. Rheumatoid Arthritis (4)
  100. Sarcoidosis (3)
  101. Sarcoma (3)
  102. Schizophrenia (3)
  103. Scleroderma (Limited Cutaneous Type) (4)
  104. Scoliosis (3)
  105. Selective IgA Deficiency (3)
  106. Sjögren’s Syndrome (2)
  107. Squamous Cell Carcinoma (3)
  108. Stomach Cancer (Gastric Cardia Adenocarcinoma) (4)
  109. Stomach Cancer: Preliminary Research (3)
  110. Stroke (3)
  111. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (3)
  112. Tardive Dyskinesia (2)
  113. Testicular Cancer (3)
  114. Thyroid Cancer (3)
  115. Tourette’s Syndrome (1)
  116. Type 1 Diabetes (4)
  117. Type 2 Diabetes (4)
  118. Ulcerative Colitis (4)
  119. Uterine Fibroids (3)
  120. Venous Thromboembolism (4)

Drug Response Reports

This list has the report name of the drug each reports on, and a value out of 4 regarding confidence 23andMe has in the research behind the report.

  1. Abacavir Hypersensitivity (4)
  2. Alcohol Consumption, Smoking and Risk of Esophageal Cancer (4)
  3. Antidepressant Response (2)
  4. Beta-Blocker Response (2)
  5. Caffeine Metabolism (3)
  6. Clopidogrel (Plavix®) Efficacy (4)
  7. Floxacillin Toxicity (2)
  8. Fluorouracil Toxicity (4)
  9. Hepatitis C Treatment Side Effects (3)
  10. Heroin Addiction (2)
  11. Lumiracoxib (Prexige®) Side Effects (2)
  12. Metformin Response (3)
  13. Naltrexone Treatment Response (2)
  14. Oral Contraceptives, Hormone Replacement Therapy and Risk of Venous Thromboembolism (4)
  15. Phenytoin (Dilantin®) Sensitivity (Epilepsy Drug) (4)
  16. Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting (PONV) (2)
  17. Pseudocholinesterase Deficiency (4)
  18. Response to Hepatitis C Treatment (4)
  19. Response to Interferon Beta Therapy (2)
  20. Statin Response (2)
  21. Sulfonylurea Drug Clearance (Type 2 Diabetes Treatment) (4)
  22. Thiopurine Methyltransferase Deficiency (4)
  23. Warfarin (Coumadin®) Sensitivity (4)
  24. Warfarin (Coumadin®) Sensitivity: Preliminary Research (3)

Inherited Conditions Reports

This list has the report name of the inherited condition each reports on, and a value out of 4 regarding confidence 23andMe has in the research behind the report.

  1. Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum with Peripheral Neuropathy (ACCPN) (4)
  2. Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (4)
  3. ARSACS (4)
  4. Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease (4)
  5. Beta Thalassemia (4)
  6. Bloom’s Syndrome (4)
  7. BRCA Cancer Mutations (Selected) (4)
  8. Canavan Disease (4)
  9. Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation Type 1a (PMM2-CDG) (4)
  10. Connexin 26-Related Sensorineural Hearing Loss (4)
  11. Cystic Fibrosis (4)
  12. D-Bifunctional Protein Deficiency (4)
  13. Dihydrolipoamide Dehydrogenase Deficiency (4)
  14. DPD Deficiency (4)
  15. Factor XI Deficiency (4)
  16. Familial Dysautonomia (4)
  17. Familial Hypercholesterolemia Type B (4)
  18. Familial Hyperinsulinism (ABCC8-related) (4)
  19. Familial Mediterranean Fever (4)
  20. Fanconi Anemia (FANCC-related) (4)
  21. G6PD Deficiency (4)
  22. Gaucher Disease (4)
  23. Glycogen Storage Disease Type 1a (4)
  24. Glycogen Storage Disease Type 1b (4)
  25. GRACILE Syndrome (4)
  26. Hemochromatosis (HFE-related) (4)
  27. Hereditary Fructose Intolerance (4)
  28. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (MYBPC3 25bp-deletion) (4)
  29. LAMB3-related Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa (4)
  30. Leigh Syndrome, French Canadian Type (LSFC) (4)
  31. Limb-girdle Muscular Dystrophy (4)
  32. Maple Syrup Urine Disease Type 1B (4)
  33. Medium-Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase (MCAD) Deficiency (4)
  34. Mucolipidosis IV (4)
  35. Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (CLN5-related) (4)
  36. Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (PPT1-related) (4)
  37. Niemann-Pick Disease Type A (4)
  38. Nijmegen Breakage Syndrome (4)
  39. Pendred Syndrome (4)
  40. Phenylketonuria (4)
  41. Primary Hyperoxaluria Type 2 (PH2) (4)
  42. Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata Type 1 (RCDP1) (4)
  43. Salla Disease (4)
  44. Sickle Cell Anemia & Malaria Resistance (4)
  45. Tay-Sachs Disease (4)
  46. Torsion Dystonia (4)
  47. TTR-Related Cardiac Amyloidosis (4)
  48. TTR-Related Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy (4)
  49. Tyrosinemia Type I (4)
  50. Zellweger Syndrome Spectrum (4)

Traits Reports

This list has the report name of the trait each reports on, and a value out of 4 regarding confidence 23andMe has in the research behind the report.

  1. Adiponectin Levels (3)
  2. Alcohol Flush Reaction (4)
  3. Asparagus Metabolite Detection (3)
  4. Avoidance of Errors (1)
  5. Biological Aging (3)
  6. Birth Weight (3)
  7. Bitter Taste Perception (4)
  8. Blood Glucose (3)
  9. Breast Morphology (3)
  10. Breastfeeding and IQ (3)
  11. Caffeine Consumption (3)
  12. Childhood and Adolescent Growth (3)
  13. Chronic Hepatitis B (3)
  14. C-reactive Protein Level (3)
  15. Earwax Type (4)
  16. Eating Behavior (2)
  17. Eye Color (4)
  18. Eye Color: Preliminary Research (3)
  19. Finger Length Ratio (3)
  20. Food Preference (3)
  21. Freckling (3)
  22. Hair Color (3)
  23. Hair Curl (4)
  24. Hair Curl: Preliminary Research (3)
  25. Hair Thickness (2)
  26. HDL (“Good”) Cholesterol Levels (3)
  27. Height (3)
  28. HIV Progression (2)
  29. Hypospadias (3)
  30. Iris Patterns (3)
  31. Lactose Intolerance (4)
  32. LDL (“Bad”) Cholesterol Levels (3)
  33. Leprosy Susceptibility (3)
  34. Longevity (2)
  35. Malaria Complications (3)
  36. Malaria Resistance (Duffy Antigen) (4)
  37. Male Pattern Baldness (4)
  38. Male Pattern Baldness: Preliminary Research (3)
  39. Measures of Intelligence (2)
  40. Measures of Obesity (3)
  41. Memory (2)
  42. Menarche (3)
  43. Menopause (3)
  44. Muscle Performance (4)
  45. Nearsightedness and Farsightedness (3)
  46. Non-ABO Blood Groups (4)
  47. Norovirus Resistance (4)
  48. Odor Detection (2)
  49. Pain Sensitivity (2)
  50. Persistent Fetal Hemoglobin (3)
  51. Photic Sneeze Reflex (3)
  52. Prostate-Specific Antigen (3)
  53. Reading Ability (3)
  54. Resistance to HIV/AIDS (4)
  55. Response to Diet (3)
  56. Response to Exercise (3)
  57. Sex Hormone Regulation (3)
  58. Smoking Behavior (4)
  59. Tooth Development (3)
  60. Tuberculosis Susceptibility (3)

Special Reports

These were reports requiring individual permission to view. They have been included in the previous lists.

  1. Alzheimer’s
  2. Parkinson’s
  3. ? (can’t remember)

Ancestry Reports Separate

Mine are still to come as I write this. They usually take 2 extra weeks to process after initial results. When I have them up, I will provide a link here.

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