Genotyping Services for Research

Overview

Genotyping Services for Research is an easy, fast, and cost-effective way to incorporate genetic information into your study. Whether you regularly perform genetic studies, or have never done so before, the simplicity and flexibility of our end-to-end service will help you:

Simplify

End-to-end genotyping: go seamlessly from sample collection to analysis.

Accelerate

Genotypic data delivered to you within 8 weeks of saliva samples being received at our lab.

Incentivize

All participants get the chance to learn about themselves with the 23andMe experience.

Expand

Recruit from a wider area: kits can be shipped in bulk to you or directly to participants.

What services are provided through Genotyping Services for Research?

What we offer goes beyond ordinary genotyping services:

 

You also get access to 23andMe’s Researcher Dashboard, which is designed to give you complete control over your project and visibility into all stages of the process.

  • Manage your project
  • Track the progress of both your participants and their samples
  • Download data on demand as it becomes available

 

How do I apply?

Tell us the details of your research project, and we’ll contact you for a consultation on using our comprehensive genotyping service for your study. Pricing is based on the size of the study. Please contact us for a quote.

The application requires the following information:

  • A research proposal summary, which will be made public if the proposal is accepted (no more than 500 words)
  • A description of the proposed research project (no more than 2,000 words)
  • A description of unique datasets or analytic tools that your research group has developed and will provide for the collaboration.
  • Researchers should include a description of the IRB-approved protocol used to collect the dataset, if applicable (a total of no more than 1,000 words)
  • A list of co-investigators and other personnel

discuss your project

 

Who can apply?

Only applications from researchers associated with an academic institution will be considered for this program. Collaborators can be involved with academic institutions that are domestic or foreign, public or private academic institutions, but the institution must be non-commercial and the research must be for non-commercial purposes. Researchers may be at any stage of their careers. Applications submitted by a group of researchers at the same institution will also be considered.

This site and the services it describes are intended for researchers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and India. If you are conducting research in another country, please contact us for the services that may be available in your location.

How does it work?

Each step in our workflow is carefully designed and monitored to ensure data quality.

Step 1

Contact 23andMe to order kits.

Step 2

Participants spit and DNA samples are sent back to our lab.

Step 3

23andMe processes samples.

Step 4

Data accessed by you and your research participants.

 

What SNPs are included on the chip used by 23andMe?

We have genotyped millions of people in CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited laboratories. We use an Illumina HumanOmniExpress-24 format chip that analyzes over 600,000 SNPs. It is a fully custom array designed by 23andMe’s scientists to include variants:

  • In medically relevant genes
  • With known disease associations
  • Associated with traits
  • Used to assign genetic ancestry

With over 600,000 SNPs, we probably have what you need. Use our SNP Search to find SNPs or genes of interest to your study.

search SNPs and genes

 

Can 23andMe offer customized SNP content?

We cannot customize our genotyping array for individual studies. Also, research participants do not receive custom 23andMe reports based on individual studies; they receive the personalized genetic reports that are provided to 23andMe customers in the country of their residence.

 

Can 23andMe work with sample types other than saliva?

All of our tests are done with a simple, non-invasive saliva sample that the research participant can provide either at your research lab or in his or her own home. Only new 23andMe saliva collection kits are eligible for Genotyping Services for Research.

 

Does my study need IRB/Ethics Committee approval?

It is a requirement of Genotyping Services for Research that IRB/Ethics Committee approval of any research study is obtained in accordance with all applicable legal, regulatory and institutional requirements.

 

Do I need to return the 23andMe reports to participants?

Research participants are provided access to their personalized genetic reports through the 23andMe online account they set up when they enroll. You don’t have to do anything to ensure research participants review their 23andMe reports, but it is a requirement of our service that each research participant is offered the 23andMe experience.

 

Can a research participant opt out of 23andMe’s research?

23andMe customers can opt into and opt out of our research program at any time. They just need to update their research consent in their account settings. If they opt out, we will stop using their information for research going forward (we cannot affect studies that have already been completed), and will discontinue use of their data within 30 days.

 

What happens if a research participant wants to withdraw from my research project?

You can withdraw a research participant from your study using the Researcher Dashboard. Research participants can also withdraw themselves from your study through their 23andMe account, by removing data-sharing authorization (prior to you accessing their data).

 

Will my cohort be studied in isolation by 23andMe?

Your cohort is yours, as part of your research project. 23andMe will not isolate your cohort and study it independently. However, if the research participants consent to be part of 23andMe’s research program, their data will be added to our database of research-consented individuals.

 

How is customer privacy protected?

Data sharing is structured to provide the same robust privacy protections that 23andMe research participants have as part of their normal participation in 23andMe Research. Only data from 23andMe customers who have accepted 23andMe’s IRB-approved consent document will be incorporated into any analysis. Only de-identified, aggregate data will be shared; no individual level data will be shared. All applicants should take this policy into consideration when designing the research approach.

Any data sharing will take place in accordance with the terms of the 23andMe Academic Research Agreement between a collaborator and 23andMe. Any actions taken by our collaborators that threaten the privacy of 23andMe research participants are grounds for termination of the collaboration and to other remedies described in such agreement.

 

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