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In addition to files from our own test, we support DNA data from a variety of providers: 23andMe, Ancestry, Courtagen, FamilyTreeDNA, MyHeritage, Atlas, MapMyGenome, Diagnomics, DNALand, Illumina, LivingDNA, and iGene (among others).

We also support whole genome sequencing files from Nebula Genomics and Dante Labs.

If you are unsure about whether your file will be supported, our customer support team can test your file out for you with SelfDecode before you subscribe if you email it to support@selfdecode.com.

 

Understanding your genetic predispositions can tell you a lot about whether your diet, lifestyle, and supplement regimen are working for or against you.

 A great example of this is the Apolipoprotein E gene, discussed in SelfDecode’s ApoE DNA Wellness Report. Many people with brain fog carry the risk allele for this gene and do better with less animal products in their diet. 

Whether you seek to optimize your health or overcome pre-existing issues, getting your DNA genotyped will tell you a lot about your body and open doors to effective gene-targeted protocols.

 

SelfDecode is focused entirely on health – this allows us to put all of our focus into sharing the most helpful and detailed data we can about how your DNA impacts your health.

Many DNA testing services limit the information they share with you about your DNA data. Our database enables you to look up any SNP from your test and have access to your raw data at any time, free of charge, so you can utilize it elsewhere.

Plus, we are always releasing new DNA Wellness Reports and updating our database based on new scientific research, so you know you always have the most up-to-date and comprehensive health information possible.

 

Humans have about 10 million single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), the majority of which have no effect on health. To make genotyping affordable, DNA testing companies focus on a subset most relevant to their goals, such as for identifying ancestral lineage or for health research.

23andme tests approximately 650,000 variants, while Ancestry tests for 669,000 variants. The SelfDecode DNA kit tests over 700,000 variants.

The SelfDecode DNA chip will help ensure you don’t miss out on your core health SNPs. The latest version of 23andme appears to exclude several SNPs SelfDecoders are interested in.

Both options include unlimited access to the Personalized Genetics Blog and LabTestAnalyzer, as well as the ability to upload one DNA file for free (in addition to a SelfDecode file, if you order a DNA kit from us). 

The lifetime access plan includes unlimited access to all current and future DNA Wellness Reports. The annual subscription includes one Introductory Wellness Report and 5 DNA Wellness Reports of your choice per year.

If you choose the annual option, you can always purchase additional reports individually. You can also upgrade to lifetime access from an annual subscription at any time and the remaining credit on your subscription will be applied to the upgrade cost.

 

No, SelfDecode can only give you information about your personal genetic health risks and make natural diet, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations on this basis. If you suspect you may have a particular condition, SelfDecode can provide insight based on your DNA but not a definitive diagnosis – you will need to reach out to a healthcare provider for that.

You’re at the right place!

SelfDecode was created to help people just like you make the most of their genetic data. In the past year, we have released our DNA Wellness Reports, which shortlist your most important SNPs, explain their importance, and give gene-targeted health tips anyone can understand.

We make it easy to understand if your genes are producing positive or negative health effects on our Personalized Genetics Blog by showing you a red sad face, orange neutral face or green happy face. Then, we provide personalized suggestions based on your unique results. 

All of our information is backed by science, so you'll always find references throughout our reports and articles, but we work hard at analyzing the information so that we can present it to you in an easy-to-understand manner. 

Your genes remain the same, but new technologies and research continue to emerge. With a subscription to SelfDecode, you’ll have an exclusive first look at this new information and how it relates to your own health and wellness. 

Additionally, health and lifestyle changes take time, so always having access to your SelfDecode dashboard will help you to stay on track and make changes at a pace that works for you. If you encounter new health-related symptoms, you can easily track possible gene-related causes or contributions with instant access to our Symptoms & Conditions Analyzer.

Plus, a subscription gives you unlimited access to the world's first Personalized Genetics Blog! On the cutting edge SelfDecode blog, we discuss various traits and delve into how one or more genes interact with these traits.

We have a personalized algorithm that gives you a score - good, neutral or negative - for a given trait based on the variants we analyzed. And you will get new blog posts DAILY.

We are also planning robust community platform where users can easily compare their genes and discuss their conditions with people experiencing the same symptoms. Additional health tracking software, reports and laboratory testing integrations are also coming soon. 

Alternatively, if you prefer a non-subscription model, you can upgrade to a lifetime membership!

Once you sign up to SelfDecode there will be a Demo Tour to walk you through the app.

Yes, we do.  You can find information about our affiliate program here.

You can search for specific genes or SNPs using the search function, which can be found by clicking the magnifying glass on the right side of the navigation bar.

Your genetic information should be considered in the context of your health, your symptoms, medical history, current treatments, and lifestyle factors. If your genes suggest some low-risk health hacks or lifestyle changes to meet your health goal, it might be worth trying them. However, it is best to only make high-risk or drastic changes while being monitored by a healthcare professional. In all cases, consult your healthcare practitioner. SelfDecode is not to be used as a replacement for medical advice, treatment, or diagnosis.

The lifetime plan (a one-time fee of $297 or $387 with a DNA Kit) includes all current and upcoming features and DNA Wellness Reports on SelfDecode for one user.

These new features include:

  • The Personalized Genetics Blog, which will regularly give you personalized health recommendations based on your genes

  • A new and improved symptoms and conditions analyzer

  • Unlimited FREE DNA Wellness Reports

Our business model is selling you the tools to analyze your DNA to optimize your health. As opposed to other companies, we never sell your data to other companies nor do we share user data with any third parties.

At SelfDecode, we take your privacy and the security of your genetic data very seriously. Only vetted and trusted employees of SelfDecode have access to the administrator/backend portion of the site and the text files are stored securely on Amazon’s cloud, with only one person having access.

SelfDecode is committed to our user's privacy. That is why we ensure our infrastructure meets modern security standards by enforcing the following practices:

- Secure SSL Certified Connections Only

- Script Protection

- Disk Write Protections

- Plugin Access Restriction

- External Security Penetration Testing

- Annual SAS 70 Type II Examinations

- Encryption of All Backup Media

- Maintain Audit Logs

We collect the least amount of information possible to provide you with the service, such as your name and email address. We do not collect home addresses or other identifying information. You also have an option to use a pseudonym if identifying information is a concern.

Your payment is processed by reputable and secure payment processing companies, i.e. Stripe and PayPal.

We also honor customer requests to completely delete their information from our database.

Once you order the SelfDecode DNA Test Kit, your order information will be securely passed onto our lab partner for shipping. Your test kit, along with a prepaid return shipping label will arrive in a few days.

The kit will be registered for you once you receive it. You only need to collect your  sample and mail it back according to the instructions in the kit.

Easily track the status of your shipment and samples through the SelfDecode portal. Once your results are ready, which may take around 6 - 8 weeks, you will receive an email to access them on SelfDecode.

Your existing files will remain on your SelfDecode account at no extra charge. You can switch between your old and new files on your SelfDecode dashboard and generate the same reports for both.

On occasion, a DNA kit package may be held at customs. If the package requires a manufacturer’s declaration, please reach out to support@selfdecode.com and we will send you one. If duties and taxes must be paid, the customer is responsible for covering this cost.

SelfDecode does not attempt to treat, diagnose or cure any condition.  We are simply an interface in which you can more easily see what the science is saying about your genetics.

Nothing that we have on the site is FDA approved.