23andMe is a service that analyzes human genetic information (single-nucleotide polymorphism). It is currently fighting (or negotiating with) the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about their service of providing information about the likelihood of genetic disorders, which the FDA regards as an unapproved medical device, while others regard the FDA's stance as nanny statism. In the meantime, they're skipping the health-related information and providing only ancestry information and raw, uninterpreted genetic data.
Raw genetic data is provided in the form of a tab delimited file (ZIPped up for distribution), containing the fields rsid, chromosome, position, genotype (e.g.
rs3094315 1 742429 AG). Comment lines begin with the # character.
The file name is of the form
genome_Firstname_Lastname_20012345678901.txt, zipped as
- Python module to explore 23andMe data
- SNPTips: Firefox extension to browse 23andMe genetic data
- Using your 23andMe data in Plink