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We are reinventing the way you see your ancestry — through science.

Your DNA can tell you more
about your family history.

Helping adoptees search for biological connections.

  • Search for DNA relatives in our database from close family to distant relatives
  • See what percentage of your genetic ancestry comes from populations around the world

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Three steps. It's simple.

All from home. No blood. No needles. Just a small saliva sample.

  1. Order

    Your saliva collection kit typically arrives within 3 to 5 days. Express shipping is available.

  2. Spit

    Follow kit instructions to spit in the tube provided — all from home. Register your saliva sample tube using the barcode so we know it belongs to you, and mail it back to our lab in the pre-paid package.

  3. Discover

    In approximately 6-8 weeks, we will send you an email to let you know your reports are ready in your online account. Log in and start discovering what your DNA says about you.

Genetic reports.
Backed by science.

Our rigorous quality standards:

  • All saliva samples are processed in CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited labs
  • 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%

Our lab. CLIA-certified.

Your DNA analysis is performed in US laboratories that are certified to meet CLIA standards—the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988.

A CLIA-certified lab must meet certain quality standards, including qualifications for individuals who perform the test and other standards that ensure the accuracy and reliability of results.

We use leading technology to genotype your DNA—a custom Illumina HumanOmniExpress-24 format chip.

Hi. Still have questions?

Here are just a few of the things people frequently ask about 23andMe.
If you don't see your question here, get in touch with us.

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FAQs

We are reinventing the way you see your ancestry — through science.

We are reinventing the way
you see your ancestry
— through science.

Ancestry Composition

See how your DNA breaks out across our 150+ regions worldwide.

  • Learn about your ancestral origins.
  • See where your ancestors lived 500+ years ago.
  • See how each of your biological parents contributed to your ancestral origins (feature available when
 connected with one genotyped parent).
  • Discover how many generations ago you had an ancestor that was descended from a single population or ethnicity.

Your DNA Family

Get an overview of the diverse group of people who share your DNA. It's like a new social network, with a genetic twist.

  • Get to know your DNA Family with this unique (and anonymous) report.
  • View the places your DNA Relatives call home.
  • Learn more about the ancestry and traits of your DNA Relatives.

DNA Relative Finder

Opt-in to connect with other 23andMe customers who share DNA with you - and message them.

  • Discover DNA relatives from around the
world.
  • Choose to message and meet relatives - maybe even hear new family stories, share photos and get a better understanding of your family's history.

Maternal & Paternal Haplogroups

Trace parts of your ancestry to a specific group of individuals from 1,000+ years ago.

  • Understand how the migration of our DNA tells the story of your ancestors.
  • Learn the origins of your maternal and paternal* ancestors.

*Women can only trace their maternal haplogroup.

Neanderthal Ancestry

Discover how much Neanderthal DNA you inherited.

  • Find out how much of your DNA is
 derived from Neanderthals.
  • See how your Neanderthal composition compares to others.
  • Learn which traits your Neanderthal DNA is associated with, like height and back hair.

Share + Compare

Explore genetic similarities and differences between you and your relatives.

  • See how different ancestries have traveled through generations of your family.*
  • Share reports with family and friends (even if they aren't 23andMe customers!)

*Requires relatives to be genotyped

Raw data included  Question

Raw data is for information purposes only; must not be used for medical or diagnostic purposes.

1. Order

Your saliva collection kit typically arrives within 3–5 days. Express shipping is available.

2. Spit

Follow kit instructions to spit in the tube provided – all from home. Register your saliva sample tube using the barcode, so we know it belongs to you, and mail it back to our lab in the pre-paid package.

3. Discover

In approximately 6-8 weeks, we will send you an email to let you know your reports are ready in your online account. Login and start discovering what your DNA says about you.

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DNA

DNA Basics

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

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

DNA Report

How your DNA becomes a report

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 locations in your genome.

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

Science!

Our lab

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).

A CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited lab must meet certain quality standards, including qualifications for individuals who perform the test, and other standards that ensure the accuracy and reliability of results.

The analysis we perform is called genotyping. Our genotyping looks at hundreds of thousands of specific locations on your DNA. These locations are known to vary between individuals, and some are associated with certain conditions, traits, or ancestry.

We use leading technology to genotype your DNA — a custom Illumina HumanOmniExpress-24 format chip.