DNA Do-Over – Month 8 – August 2018

The DNA Do-Over - Month 8 August 2018: DNA and Health Testing - What's It Worth?

DNA and Health Testing – What’s It Worth?

Click HERE for a complete list of DNA Do-Over topics for 2018

During August 2018, we will cover the following areas of this topic:

  • What health information can I learn from DNA testing? And is it accurate?
  • How can health information via DNA testing impact my descendants and other family members?
  • Which companies offer health testing via DNA tests?

DNA Do-Over Month 8 Resources

This is a developing list and as we discuss this month’s topics we will add to this document and finalize it on August 31st.

Midwest DNA

The digital downloads for Midwest DNA held June 9, 2018 are now available - great DNA genealogy webinars by Blaine Bettinger, Mary Eberle and Jane Haldeman.

One of the lectures covered during the online Midwest DNA earlier this year is related to this month’s topics:

  • DNA & Health: What Can You Really Discover?
    Health information available through DNA testing has changed dramatically. Current options include DNA testing companies and third-party websites. But what can you really discover? Understanding the basics of how DNA influences diseases is crucial. It provides a better understanding of how informative DNA testing can be. We’ll explore available tests, third-party websites, and genetic impacts on diseases. Presented by Mary Eberle, J.D. Click HERE for more information.

Web-Based Resources

  • Promethease
    Promethease is a literature retrieval system that builds a personal DNA report based on connecting a file of DNA genotypes to the scientific findings cited in SNPedia.Customers of DNA testing services (such as 23andMe, Ancestry.com, FamilyTreeDNA, Genos, etc.), biomedical researchers and healthcare professionals use Promethease to retrieve information published about their DNA variations. Reports cost $12. Most reports are produced in under 10 minutes. Much larger data files (such as imputed full genomes) have increased runtime. Uploading additional data files into the same report costs an additional $4.
  • Vitagene
    Have you ever wondered what else you can do with your DNA test results besides use them for genealogy and family history? Have you wanted to get health-related DNA test results but found the process too expensive?I recently uploaded my AncestryDNA raw data file to Vitagene and purchased several health reports. Click HERE to read my review of the process and the products. I was pleased with the results and the overall experience at Vitagene – and now I have some knowledge about my health that I can use in my wellness plan!

DNA Do-Over Facebook Group and More

An interactive collaborative community for the DNA Do-Over has been created on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dnadoover/. Those hoping to participate in the DNA Do-Over are encouraged to join. Just like the entire DNA Do-Over program, there is no fee or “upcharge” for this collaborative environment.


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Thomas MacEntee
Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee has been researching his family history for more than 40 years and is the creator of Abundant Genealogy, Genealogy Bargains, DNA Bargains, The Genealogy Do-Over and numerous other web-based genealogy and family history properties.