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Old 08-21-2015, 04:48 PM
 
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Hi everyone! I am super excited to have mailed off my kit today!! I know they say 6-8 weeks, but I'm hoping for a quick turn around time. How long did it take you? Also, in my excitement I selected the box to participate in "the study". Does anyone have any info on that? I usually read all of the disclaimers but I was rushing to drop off the kit at the post office.

Thanks
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Old 08-21-2015, 07:25 PM
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I did my 23andme test in August of 2011 and a few weeks later I received an email claiming that the saliva sample I sent didn't had enough DNA. They sent me a new kit completely free of charge, and I mailed it roughly on the third week of September. By mid-October I got an email telling me my results were ready and that I should enter the website and go into my account to see them.

They also said my account would remain accessible to me forever and free of charge, which I think is very cool. Since I got my initial results, they changed them twice. The changes were not remarkably large, but noticeable. I guess every time 23andme updates the software they use to analyze the decodified genome, they automatically recompute everyone's mixtures. Also as new reference populations are added and the original ones are expanded, the results become much more reliable.

As for why they could't find enough DNA in my first sample, they never gave me an explanation, but I didn't asked for one either. I do remember that at the time my first kit arrived in the mail, I was chewing bubble gum and was so excited that I spit the gum and immediately went about producing my saliva sample. That was interesting, because in the package it says its only a little bit of saliva, but the line they marked on the tube as to the minimum amount actually requires quite a lot of saliva. I definitely needed some patience producing all of that saliva. Anyway, I didn't asked for an explanation because I simply assumed that some of the sugar from the bubble gum tampered with my original saliva sample and possibly contaminated or ruined the DNA. So, whatever you do, make sure you produce your saliva sample at least 30 minutes after having eaten anything, even if it was juice, just to be on the safe side.

Good luck!
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Old 08-21-2015, 07:33 PM
 
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I did my 23andme test in August of 2011 and a few weeks later I received an email claiming that the saliva sample I sent didn't had enough DNA. They sent me a new kit completely free of charge, and I mailed it roughly on the third week of September. By mid-October I got an email telling me my results were ready and that I should enter the website and go into my account to see them.

They also said my account would remain accessible to me forever and free of charge, which I think is very cool. Since I got my initial results, they changed them twice. The changes were not remarkably large, but noticeable. I guess every time 23andme updates the software they use to analyze the decodified genome, they automatically recompute everyone's mixtures. Also as new reference populations are added and the original ones are expanded, the results become much more reliable.

As for why they could't find enough DNA in my first sample, they never gave me an explanation, but I didn't asked for one either. I do remember that at the time my first kit arrived in the mail, I was chewing bubble gum and was so excited that I spit the gum and immediately went about producing my saliva sample. That was interesting, because in the package it says its only a little bit of saliva, but the line they marked on the tube as to the minimum amount actually requires quite a lot of saliva. I definitely needed some patience producing all of that saliva. Anyway, I didn't asked for an explanation because I simply assumed that some of the sugar from the bubble gum tampered with my original saliva sample and possibly contaminated or ruined the DNA. So, whatever you do, make sure you produce your saliva sample at least 30 minutes after having eaten anything, even if it was juice, just to be on the safe side.

Good luck!
Thanks! Yeah, I too was excited and had just eaten about five minutes or so before I opened the kit. On the Ancestry kit I used it said to not eat, drink or chew gum for 30 minutes prior to using. So, I had to wait.
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Old 08-21-2015, 07:42 PM
 
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I've generally gotten mine back within 2-3 weeks. And I've had three tests done (one for me and the others for my parents).
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Old 08-21-2015, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Hi everyone! I am super excited to have mailed off my kit today!! I know they say 6-8 weeks, but I'm hoping for a quick turn around time. How long did it take you? Also, in my excitement I selected the box to participate in "the study". Does anyone have any info on that? I usually read all of the disclaimers but I was rushing to drop off the kit at the post office.

Thanks
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I'm not sure if the "study" has to do with Ancestry's new project or not. You might want to carefully read the "disclaimers". Ancestry recently partnered with Calico, a company backed by Google, to share the DNA (anonymyzed) along with the family trees collected by Ancestry. In addition, Ancestry also intends to share the information from its new Ancestry Health. The first project has to do with longevity.

I think about 80% of Ancestry customers agreed to allow Ancestry to use their DNA and information however it wants. Well, it looks like Ancestry wants more $$$$$$. Ancestry is the only company that has the DNA, the family trees and eventually your ancestor's health. This is truly a gold mine for Calico/Google.

A lot of subscribers may not mind sharing their dna, health (including that of their ancestors) and their family trees but I'm glad that I skipped Ancestry's testing and decided NOT to upload the family tree. And Ancestry Health?! I'm sure my "kids" would not appreciate me sharing 1/2 of their DNA with Google.

RANT OFF
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Old 08-21-2015, 09:49 PM
 
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RANT ON:

I'm not sure if the "study" has to do with Ancestry's new project or not. You might want to carefully read the "disclaimers". Ancestry recently partnered with Calico, a company backed by Google, to share the DNA (anonymyzed) along with the family trees collected by Ancestry. In addition, Ancestry also intends to share the information from its new Ancestry Health. The first project has to do with longevity.

I think about 80% of Ancestry customers agreed to allow Ancestry to use their DNA and information however it wants. Well, it looks like Ancestry wants more $$$$$$. Ancestry is the only company that has the DNA, the family trees and eventually your ancestor's health. This is truly a gold mine for Calico/Google.

A lot of subscribers may not mind sharing their dna, health (including that of their ancestors) and their family trees but I'm glad that I skipped Ancestry's testing and decided NOT to upload the family tree. And Ancestry Health?! I'm sure my "kids" would not appreciate me sharing 1/2 of their DNA with Google.

RANT OFF
Not saying that you're wrong, but do you have a source?
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Old 08-21-2015, 11:13 PM
 
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Not saying that you're wrong, but do you have a source?
Google’s Calico Partners With Ancestry.com to Share DNA, Genomic Data | Re/code It will be shared but anonymized. 23&me is doing the same thing with genentech.
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Old 08-21-2015, 11:16 PM
 
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Here's another article, I guess they are only going to use data from contributors whose ancestors had very long lives. The companies competing to help you beat death | Fusion
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Old 08-22-2015, 09:44 AM
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If its anonymous, then it doesn't bothers me. Much of those sharing is for research regarding finding new medicines to treat diseases that for now don't have a treatment and/or are incurable. If it helps humanity, be my guess. It feels nice to know that I'm contributing to making better the lives of my future kids and grandchildren.
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Old 08-22-2015, 02:12 PM
 
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Here's another article, I guess they are only going to use data from contributors whose ancestors had very long lives. The companies competing to help you beat death | Fusion
Right. Even there, though, it seems to be that they are only using people's information if they agreed to share their information when signing up for the site/service. Other people still seem to have their information protected, which makes the other poster's rant seem off.
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