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Genetics in the Classroom

The rapidly advancing field of genomics has the potential to revolutionize healthcare. However, this potential cannot be realized without a better informed public. Education will be key in bridging this gap. Modernizing genomics curriculum can prepare students to participate in shaping the future of genomics-centered healthcare.

The 23andMe Academic Program empowers educators with effective models and useful resources to teach genomics.

Why join the 23andMe Academic Program?

  • Access a free, growing repository of teaching resources on genomics: We have course curricula, lesson plans, multimedia tools and more. We hope to continue adding new resources that benefit the entire academic community as more educators share their course materials.
  • Analyze and explore real, anonymized example genetic profiles: Students can create free demo accounts to access 14 example genetic profiles representing individuals with European, Asian and African ancestry.
  • Personalize graduate and undergraduate curricula with hands-on experience of DNA testing: For undergraduate and graduate-level students, studies have shown that personal DNA testing enhances student interest, engagement and learning (see Daley 2013, and Salari 2013). Educators receive group discounts on 23andMe Personal Genome Service® kits, priority lab handling and dedicated customer support.
  • Collaborate with other educators through the 23andMe Academic Forum: Educators can share experiences, ask questions, exchange course materials and collaborate on best practices in a private online forum for members of the 23andMe educator program.
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Genetic Courses Get Personal

These medical, nursing and undergraduate courses share one thing in common - they all use 23andMe’s PGS and example genetic profiles to enhance learning.

Explore the curricula for these universities and others here.


None of the universities linked to above are affiliated with 23andMe. These universities do not endorse 23andMe's views or products and services offered.

Stay current with these Teaching Resources

Course Materials

Check out various genetics course information submitted by educators. We have crowd-sourced genetics teaching materials from elementary through post-graduate medical school.

If you would like to share yours, please email the educational materials to academic@23andme.com so that we can add them to our growing repository of resources.

Multimedia

Genetics 101 Video

Human Prehistory 101 Videos

Activities and Worksheets

Recommended Reading List

About 23andMe

Bioethics

Research

Practice of Medicine


Additional Resources

External Genomics Education Websites | Professional Development for Educators | Supplemental Learning for All Students | Supplemental Learning for Healthcare Students | Genetic Databases

External Genomics Education Websites

Professional Development for Educators

Supplemental Learning for All Students

Supplemental Learning for Healthcare Students

Genetic Databases

  • FDA: Table of Pharmacogenomic Biomarkers in Drug Labeling
    A detailed list of the FDA-approved pharmacogenomic biomarkers used in drug labeling.
  • GeneReviews
    Expert-authored, peer-reviewed disease descriptions focused on clinically relevant and medically actionable information by University of Washington.
  • Genetic Testing Registry (GTR)
    Central location of voluntary submission of genetic test information by providers. Perform search by conditions, phenotypes, genes, tests and laboratories.
  • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)
    Catalogue of human genes and genetic disorders by Johns Hopkins University.
  • PharmGKB
    Pharmacogenomics knowledge resource that encompasses clinical information, including dosing guidelines and drug labels, potentially clinically actionable gene-drug associations and genotype-phenotype relationships.
  • SNPedia
    Information about the effects of variations in DNA, citing peer-reviewed scientific publications. Used by Promethease to create a report linking personal DNA variations to the information published about them.
  • Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms
    Glossary of genetic terms and concepts by the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Ordering and Registering PGS Kits

Submit Group Order Request

Once you join our Academic Program, you can use the order forms below to submit a group order request for PGS kits*. Payments can be made by credit card, check or wire transfer. Your samples will receive priority handling at the lab.

Please keep in mind that from the time we receive the payment for the transaction, it takes approximately 5-8 days for your order to be delivered. Once the registered samples have been received by our laboratory, it can take approximately 2-4 weeks for the students to receive their data. We will be able to provide you with more specific processing estimates at the time your order form is submitted.


Pay by Credit Card

  • No minimum order
  • Personal URL for each educator allows for flexibility of placing orders
  • Faster order processing
  • Only standard shipping is available. Students can mail back their samples individually
  • Refunds available
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Pay by Check/Wire Transfer

  • Minimum order of 50 kits
  • A new order form and agreement is required for each order
  • Orders are processed after receipt of payment
  • Non-standard shipping is also available
  • No refunds available
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Ensure All Kits are Registered

All kits must be individually registered to a 23andMe account by each student before a saliva sample is sent to our lab. Students must have active email accounts to register their kits. Our lab cannot process any unregistered saliva samples. Simple registration instructions are included in the 23andMe DNA collection kit.

Keep a Log of Individual Barcodes

We recommend for you to keep a log of the students’ barcodes from their saliva collection tubes until everyone has received their genetic results. This will help your students register kits retroactively in the event their samples were received unregistered at our lab.

  1. Create a log of barcodes for the kits that will be distributed. The barcode is located on the side of the plastic sample collection tube. An example log can be viewed here.
  2. When distributing kits, log the recipient of each kit next to the barcode.
  3. Contact the 23andMe Academic Support Team at academic@23andme.com regarding any unregistered samples, failed sample analyses and replacement kit orders.

Example Genetic Profiles

Example genetic profiles are available for your class activities. These have been created for educational purposes.

The Mendels

Though we have changed their names, the Mendels are a real family who have been genotyped through the 23andMe PGS and have agreed to be used as examples on our website.

You and your students do not have to be genotyped by our service to view this information - simply sign-up for a 23andMe demo account to view the Mendels’ profiles. If you have already provided your DNA sample and are waiting on results, the Mendels' profile will appear until yours are available. If you have already received your results, you can still view the Mendels' profiles by checking the appropriate box under "example profiles" in your account settings.

When signed into your demo account, you can view the following information in the example genetic profiles:

Health Reports*

Traits, Genetic Risk Factors, Inherited Conditions, Drug Response

Ancestry Reports

Ancestry Composition, Maternal Lines, Paternal Lines, Neanderthal Ancestry

Raw Genetic Data**

Searchable, Downloadable


More Example Profiles

Educators and students can request an additional 12 example genetic profiles representing individuals with European, Asian and African ancestry. These profiles have been created using DNA data obtained from an outside depository for research and education.

*Currently, U.S. customers have access to ancestry-related information and uninterpreted raw genetic data. These example genetic profiles were created for research and educational purposes and contain health reports not included in our current commercial product.

**If you choose to process your raw data using third-party providers, please note that these providers are not supported by 23andMe. As we are unfamiliar with their practices, we are unable to comment on the reliability of their service. We suggest contacting the third-party sources directly for more detailed information

FAQ

What is the 23andMe Academic Program and how do I register?

The main goal of the 23andMe Academic Program is to inform teachers and professors about effective educational models and resources that can be used for teaching genetics in their classrooms.

For educators interested in having their students learn by referencing their own genotyped data, we can help you place group orders of PGS kits that receive priority lab handling and dedicated customer support.

For educators interested in using real, anonymized example genetic profiles in their classroom, students can gain access to two example genetic profiles simply by creating free demo accounts. Students can request 12 additional free example genetic profiles.

Register here and get started.

What is the 23andMe Academic Forum?

The 23andMe Academic Forum provides a platform for all educators to share their experiences, ask questions, exchange course materials and discuss best practices on integrating 23andMe educational resources into their classrooms. Once you join the Academic Program, you will be invited to join the Academic Forum on LinkedIn.

How do I place a group order for my class?

Based on your method of payment, complete the appropriate group order form. Learn more here.

What payment methods do you accept for group orders?

We accept payments by credit card, wire transfer or check. Learn more here.

What is the Group Price Orders Terms and Conditions agreement?

If you decide to place your group order by check or wire transfer, we will email you the Group Price Orders Terms and Conditions agreement. The Group Price Orders Terms and Conditions agreement is a legally-binding agreement between 23andMe and our academic partner that outlines group order pricing, payment method, use of the kits and other terms and conditions.

Would I be able to return unused DNA kits from a group order?

Kits purchased via credit card are eligible for a refund within 30 days of the original purchase date per our refund policy.

Kits purchased via check or wire transfer are NOT eligible for a refund per the Group Price Orders Terms and Conditions agreement.

What is the lab processing time for academic orders?

All kits purchased through an academic order will be prioritized at the lab. Current processing time for samples at our laboratory is about 4-6 weeks from the time your registered sample is received at the lab. Prioritized processing typically takes less time. Your students will receive email notifications when their samples have been received at the lab, when their DNA analysis has begun and when their initial results are available in their 23andMe accounts. This information is also displayed on your students’ 23andMe account homepage.

When I’m placing my group order, do I need to provide the names of the students using the kits?

If you are purchasing by credit card, the initial personalization of the kits (“Who will be using this kit?”) during the first step of the order process serves as a bookkeeping method that is meant to help you sort out a multi-kit order on your end. The information you enter will appear on the box containing the kit.

Although it is not required, if you have a list of the students’ names, you can enter these names in the field “Who will be using this kit?”. This will be helpful for you in the event a kit is received at the laboratory unregistered.

If you do not have the students’ names, you can personalize each kit with a numerical value such as 1, 2, 3, 4...etc. Remember to note the initial personalization on the example log we provide below.

We will ship the kits to you and you can distribute the kits directly. Once the kits are received, each kit must be individually registered to the person providing the sample. It is during this registration process that a name gets assigned to a kit.

Students must register their kits online before submitting their saliva samples. Our lab will not process unregistered saliva samples. Each student must have an active email account to register their kit.

We recommend for you to keep a log of the students’ sample barcodes until everyone has received their genetic results. This will help your students register kits retroactively in the event their samples were received unregistered at our lab.

  1. Create a log of barcodes for the kits that will be distributed. The barcode is located on the side of the plastic sample collection tube. An example log can be viewed here.
  2. When distributing kits, log the recipient of each kit next to the barcode.
  3. Contact the 23andMe Academic Support Team at academic@23andme.com regarding any unregistered samples, failed sample analyses and replacement kit orders.

How can my students register their kits?

To begin, visit 23andme.com/start

  1. Students can sign up for an account by entering their information in the fields provided. They will need to complete the security check by entering the letters displayed in the Security Check box. A confirmation code will be sent to the email address they provided. They should log into their email to get their confirmation code and follow the link to confirm their account. Confirmation emails are addressed from donotreply@23andme.com. Please have them check their spam filter for confirmation emails.
  2. Set their password and security question.
  3. Enter their kit barcode and indicate who will be using the kit.
  4. Review or modify the profile information (first name, last name and birthdate). (Pursuant to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments program the preceding information must be provided in order to process the sample).
  5. Click the button next to the appropriate biological sex (male or female) and click Continue.
  6. Read through the Terms of Service. To proceed, click the "I accept the Terms of Service" button.
  7. Read through the Consent Document and initial at the bottom of the page. They will then be able to choose the appropriate consent option.
  8. Review the Sample Storage options and make a selection.
  9. They are now able to review the information they provided and "go back" if any changes need to be made. Once they have verified that the information displayed is correct, they should click "Submit".

Once they have completed the registration process, they will see a confirmation page. Information regarding your students’ registered samples will be available on their 23andMe account homepages.

Your students should keep their kit barcode number until they receive results.

If they already have an account, either sign in or select “Register Kit” under the settings menu which they can locate by clicking on their profile name in the upper, right-hand corner of the webpage.

For additional information, we encourage you to visit our FAQ regarding registration.

What happens if my students forget to register their kits before sending their samples to the lab?

When an unregistered kit is received by our laboratory, the only piece of identifying information we have about the sample is the barcode. We do not have a way to identify the student associated with each unregistered sample.

For this reason, it is important to remind each of your students to individually register their kits and to copy down their kit barcode number. We also recommend for you to keep a log of the students’ barcodes until everyone has received their genetic results.

In the event one of your students sends his or her sample to the lab unregistered, an email titled "Action Required" will be sent to the email address associated with the order. This email will contain the unregistered barcode along with the initial personalization of the kit. Remember, the initial personalization of the kit (“Who will be using this kit?”) was created during the first step of the order process.

The barcode is the only piece of identifying information that the lab uses to upload your student’s data to his or her account. Your student’s sample will not be processed until registration is complete.

If you have kept a log of the students’ barcodes, you will be able to easily look up the student associated with the unregistered sample and directly provide the student with the unique sample barcode required to complete the registration process. Once the student is associated with the barcode of the unregistered kit, the sample barcode can be registered at 23andme.com/user/claim/

Have other questions?

Please visit our extensive general Help Center or contact us at academic@23andme.com.

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