These instructions are outdated - this page will need revision for the revised 23andMe registration.
This page will guide you through the steps and the decisions for registering a DNA test kit from 23andMe.
If you are not registering a kit, a trial account can be set up to use the 23andMe website and explore the different features provided to customers.
Be certain to look at each of the following categories when setting up the account for your kit:
for Participation in the 23andMe Website
One feature of the 23andMe website is the option to 'Share Genomes' with other users. For example, you can simply make a request to share genomes with another classmate identified through the person's 23andMe user name. If the person accepts the request, you will each have access to each others Ancestry Composition and you will be able to make direct comparisons of regions shared between your genomes. If you select to participate in the 'DNA Relatives' option described below, individuals listed among your DNA Relatives will request to share genomes with you. By clicking 'I do not want to receive sharing invitation from anyone' you are blocking these sharing requests.
With the 'DNA Relatives Option', you are controlling your participation in the DNA Relatives report on the 23andMe website. Your DNA will be compared with other users in the 23andMe database, and a list of matches will be reported giving an estimate of the relationship and the genetic basis for the match. This is the option where you could discover relatives that you previously had not known about!!! By clicking 'I do not want to participate in DNA Relatives' 23andMe will not report to you other users that match your sample, and you will not appear as a match in DNA Relatives list of other users. You can decide to opt into DNA Relatives matching at a later date.
With the Research Consent option, you are controlling whether 23andMe can use your personal, genetic and reported data for research purposes. Research using customer data is a major aspect of the 23andMe business model. 23andMe is interested in analyses of customer data to identify genetic markers that influence variation in characteristics among humans. This includes disease related research, for which 23andMe was recently awarded a major research grant from the National Institutes of Health.
Finally, you need to choose the fate of your DNA sample. 23andMe will either store your sample until they deem as a company that they want to destroy it, or you can opt for 23andMe to destroy your sample after it has completed processing.
Using the Notifications settings, select options for email.
Control Your Personal Profile
The 'Personal Profile' settings allow you to control the information about you that other users are able to view. Use the 'Edit Profile' tab to set your preferences about the information you want to make visible to other users. Other 23andMe users are classified as 'all 23andMe members' and 'connections'. When you choose to share genomes with another user, that user is a 'connection'.
If you do not opt out of the DNA Relatives matching, controlling your personal profile is important. Based on the settings in your personal profile, this will determine the amount of information about you that is available to other users of 23andMe. For example, below is a list of my top matches in 23andMe with the last name of my top match hidden by me. The other matches in this screenshot have a personal profile that is hidden.