New DNA Company DNAFeed

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The information in this blog post is not intended as, nor should it be construed to be, medical advice. If you need medical advice, please consult a medical professional who works in the field that best addresses your medical concerns.

Update August 29, 2019 and March 17, 2018:

The company plans on adding some additional functions for those who upload, but it sounds very minimal compared to what they used to offer. For multiple kits, you would need to delete the existing kit or use a different e-mail to create a new account. My suggestion to DNAFeed is to offer the old functionality and understand some people will be prone to mis-interpretation and that applies regardless of any genetic counseling that tries to gets them to understand this problem. I see it on 23andMe forums and Facebook groups all the time. Also, until such time as DNA science improves to the point of coming a lot closer to 100%, I don’t trust the predictions for/against any medical condition, being a carrier/not a carrier of a condition, or medicine interactions. Right now, too many experts rely on too few markers to indicate your risk for any condition or medicine interaction. So far, Schizophrenia with around 250 markers is probably one of the few conditions that’s anywhere close to hitting the mark. However, how many of those 200+ markers will turn out later to not be a factor in getting schizophrenia and how many more new markers will be found that are a factor? Also, DNA results are a snapshot in time. Specifically, the time you provided the DNA. Your DNA changes over time so markers that are currently safe for you may later get turned into unsafe through changes in your DNA. If you aren’t a smoker and don’t work in a lung unhealthy environment, you may not have any DNA markers for lung cancer when you tested. Later, you become a heavy smoker and start working in a lung unhealthy environment, then your DNA probably has enough changes to significantly raise your risks of lung cancer.

There’s a new DNA company that you can upload your DNA raw data results to: DNAFeed (they alternate between using DNAFeed and DNAfeed on their site). You need to unzip your raw data  and upload the txt file. Don’t delete your zipped file after you unzip it as many other sites require you to upload the zipped file, not the unzipped file. They accept pretty much any DNA results (FamilyTree DNA, Ancestry, 23andMe, MyHeritage) as long as they are in a txt file format. They are looking at making it where you can upload your zipped file, but at this point, it’s not an option. People have posted on their Facebook page asking for additional information and I will update this blog post as it becomes available. I am curious if you can upload more than 1 DNA result. In my case, I want to upload my Ancestry DNA, FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA), possibly GenesforGood, among others. Worst case scenario would be to create separate accounts for each company using different e-mail addresses. If you take the talking with a licensed genetic counselor route, you can upload your zipped file. I haven’t taken this route so I am not sure how it works.

Below are the top research findings related to your DNA
All the information provided by DNAfeed is for educational and research purposes only. The information does not diagnose any disease or health condition. Most tests and research do not cover all variants related to a condition. In general, it’s advised to confirm any significant finding by an independent clinically validated test. Also, keep in mind that non-genetic factors such as environmental, lifestyle, and family history can play a large role in identifying the risk for any trait or disease. You should share or discuss any data with a healthcare provider before making any medical or reproductive decisions.
 Here’s what I get after the upload finishes:
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It appears that you may exhibit an abnormal sensitivity or response to 74 different drugs.
Chat with a genetic counselor to understand:
  • The list of drugs that apply.
  • How my response may be affected.
  • If I should follow up with a more comprehensive, clinical-grade test.
  • What I can share with my doctor.
It appears that you may be a carrier and/or at a higher risk for 3 conditions.
Chat with a genetic counselor to understand:
  • The list of conditions.
  • Whether these findings are significant and what it means for me or my family.
  • Related questions for an upcoming or current pregnancy.
  • If I should follow-up/confirm the results with another test and how to order it.
  • How can I talk to my doctor about it.
It appears that you may have an increased risk for 5 conditions.
Chat with a genetic counselor to understand:
  • The list of conditions or diseases.
  • Whether these findings are significant and what it means for me or my family.
  • What I can do in terms of diet or lifestyle to minimize risks.
  • If I should follow-up/confirm the results with another test and how to order it.
  • How this may impact my family.

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I am not seeing a lot on the company, but your basic results (as shown above) are free although without more detail, I don’t see a reason to waste time or bandwidth on such limited results. I checked every place on my account to get more information and I am not seeing anything, other than if I spend the money to use one of their counselors. It costs $99 to chat with a licensed genetic counselor.

Update #2: I have tested with 23andMe (v3 chip with health results before they gutted the results later) and have uploaded to Promethease and a couple of other health-related sites so I am very familiar with the limitations of DNA results. I have done plenty of independent research on the limits of current DNA testing and noticed how often the researchers wrongly assume a handful of markers are the only ones associated with a rare condition.

Added the standard “this is not medical advice disclaimer” at the top of this post.

About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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