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Results you can trust.

Our rigorous standards ensure quality service.

  • All saliva samples are processed in the labs in the United States that meet local regulations
  • Genotyping is a well-established and reliable platform for analyzing DNA
  • Our scientists and medical experts use a rigorous process to develop the reports
  • Your personalized reports are based on well-established scientific research
  • Ancestry percentages are derived from our powerful, well-tested system that provides you with ancestry
    estimates down to the 0.1%

How your DNA becomes a report.

Human DNA is about 99.5% identical from person to person. However, there are small differences that make each person unique. These differences are called variants.

Your DNA was passed down from your parents—and their parents and so on. Variants can be linked to certain health conditions, traits and ancestry groups.

Your saliva contains DNA from cells in your mouth. We send you a saliva collection kit and instructions for providing your sample.

Our CLIA-certified lab extracts DNA from cells in your saliva sample. Then the lab processes the DNA on a genotyping chip that reads hundreds of thousands of variants in your genome.

Your genetic data is analyzed, and we generate your personalized reports based on well-established scientific and medical research.

Why genetics is only part of the story.

When it comes to your health and traits, DNA is only part of the story. Other variables come into play, including non-genetic factors, such as your environment and lifestyle.

Our process at work.

To ensure quality, your DNA analysis is performed in US laboratories that are certified by CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988) and accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP).


Meet some of our researchers.

Here are some of the people behind the science at 23andMe.

"The high quality genetic research we do at 23andMe is possible because of our customers who share their data and want to make a difference."

David H., PhD
Principal Scientist

"I am passionate about genetics because I am fascinated by how humans are different from one another, and what DNA tells us about those differences."

Joanna M., PhD
Senior Director of Research

"Be curious. Ask questions. The more we understand about our fascinatingly complex selves, the better we can take care of each other and the beautiful world we live in."

Joyce T., PhD
VP of Research

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