MyHeritage has added health reports to its DNA testing options. MyHeritage Health + Ancestry reports on single-gene and polygenetic health conditions as well as carrier status.
Always keeping us on our toes, MyHeritage* officials announced this morning a new addition to its already solid DNA product: health reports. I love the tenacity of the team at MyHeritage! They have aggressively pursued their biggest competitor, AncestryDNA, with an ancestry product that has excellent features and reach. Now they are out to capture the market from 23andMe with this bold new initiative! I love it! I love competition in the industry. It means a better experience for all of us users. I also appreciate MyHeritage’s commitment to privacy and security. Can’t wait to see my results!
MyHeritage DNA Health + Ancestry Kit
The following announcement comes from MyHeritage:
“The new test provides comprehensive health reports that can empower future health and lifestyle choices. It is a superset of the current MyHeritage DNA test, and includes its pillar features: a percentage breakdown of ethnic origins and matching to relatives through shared DNA. MyHeritage is now the only global consumer DNA company to offer an extensive health and ancestry product in dozens of languages. The two tests will be offered on our website side by side.
The new test provides health reports that show users their risk of developing or carrying genetic conditions. Reports include conditions where single genes contribute to the risk, such as hereditary breast cancer, late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and late-onset Parkinson’s disease; conditions associated with multiple genes, such as heart disease, and type 2 diabetes; and carrier status reports on conditions that can be passed down from a couple to their children, such as Tay-Sachs disease and cystic fibrosis.
“The MyHeritage DNA Health + Ancestry kit is available at the price of $199 + shipping on the MyHeritage DNA website. Users who have already purchased the genealogical (ancestry-only) MyHeritage DNA test can upgrade to receive health reports for $120. The new health kit is available globally except in a few countries that do not allow health-related consumer genetic testing.
Privacy is our top priority. All health data is protected by state-of-the-art encryption. Health report data is secured using additional password protection and is so secure that even MyHeritage employees cannot access it. MyHeritage has never licensed or sold user data, and has committed to never do so without explicit user consent. MyHeritage is the only consumer DNA company that has pledged to never sell data to insurance companies. It also applies a strict policy to prohibit the use of its DNA services by law enforcement agencies.”
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