DNA Upgrade and Upload Services - FAQs
Friday, January 18, 2019. Author FitnessGenes
Friday, January 18, 2019. Author FitnessGenes
FitnessGenes are proud to announce the launch of two new services:
Please see the following flowchart and associated notes to see whether you are eligible for the Upgrade or Upload Services.
If you are already a customer of FitnessGenes:
1. and you purchased a DNA analysis service from FitnessGenes before 1st February 2018, and have not had your DNA analyzed by 23andMe or Ancestry.com, then you would benefit from our new GSA Upgrade service. (Box 1. in flowchart).
2. and you purchased a DNA analysis service from FitnessGenes before 1st February 2018 and have also had your DNA analyzed by 23andMe or Ancestry.com, then you would benefit from our Free Upload service. (Box 2. in flowchart).
In both cases, if you are eligible for either service, you will see a message in your Member's Area (under the menu bar) or an Upgrade option in the menu bar.
If you aren’t yet a customer of FitnessGenes:
3. and you have already had your DNA analyzed by 23andMe or Ancestry.com, then you would benefit from our paid Upload service. (Box 3. in flowchart)
4. and you haven’t had your DNA analyzed by 23andMe or Ancestry.com, then we recommend you visit FitnessGenes.com to learn more about our leading edge DNA analysis and our personalized workout and nutrition plans. (Box 4 in flowchart)
Note: If you purchased a DNA Analysis service from FitnessGenes on or after 1st February 2018, and you don’t see a message, or Upgrade menu bar option, in your Member’s Area then don’t worry – your DNA has already been analysed using our latest technology!
Similarly, there is no need for you to upload a 23andMe or AncestryDNA data file (should you have one), as this will not generate any new DNA results, Insights or Actions. If either of the above apply to you, feel free to ignore the rest of this article.
The Upgrade service allows our earlier customers to have their DNA analyzed using the latest Illumina Infinium Global Screening Array (GSA) technology. This is essentially a biochip (known as a DNA microarray) that uses lasers to read thousands of your gene variants (SNPs) with a high degree of accuracy.
If you purchased a DNA Analysis from FitnessGenes before 1st February 2018, your DNA will have likely been analyzed using our older (PCR-based assay) technology. While this is still a highly accurate process, it is limited by the number of gene variants we can test. You will only have had up to 42 gene variants tested.
As more scientific research linking gene variants to workout, nutrition and lifestyle emerges, FitnessGenes will release new DNA results, Personal Insights and Actions. To benefit from this, you will need to have hundreds to thousands of other gene variants analyzed using our newer GSA biochip.
Alternatively, if you have had your DNA analyzed by 23andMe or Ancestry.com, you can simply upload your DNA data file. This option works because both 23andMe and Ancestry.com use similar biochip technology to us and their DNA data sets are now compatible with our TrueTrait(™) algorithm, which creates your Insights and Actions.
The upgrade gives us the potential to analyze up to 650,000 SNPs (gene variants) compared to just 42 SNPs using our older technology. Access to a greater number of DNA results gives you a more holistic picture of your physiology and enables us to create you new Personal Insights and Actions.
In the coming year, we are planning to release over 40 new Personal Insights and related Actions driven by newer gene variants.
You will need to have your DNA analyzed by the new GSA technology (or otherwise upload a 23andMe / Ancestry.com file) to benefit from this.
By upgrading and having your DNA re-analysed, you’ll immediately receive new DNA reports, Insights and Actions related to:
GSA Upgrade - £59 / $79 (USD) (25% discount in the first week of our launch, using the discount code UPGRADE25).
23andMe or Ancestry.com Upload (Existing FitnessGenes customers) - Free.
23andMe or Ancestry.com Upload (New customer) - £39 / $49 (USD).
Please note that the above prices are applicable at the time of writing, but are subject to change in the future.
In the vast majority of cases, you will not have to provide another saliva/DNA sample. We will simply retest your existing saliva sample that has been securely stored.
In a small minority of cases, we may require you to provide a new saliva sample. In these cases, we will send you a DNA kit free of charge.
23andMe / Ancestry.com Upload
You will not have to provide a saliva/DNA sample, as we simply use the gene results in your 23andMe or Ancestry.com DNA data file.
Although we recommend that customers upgrade/upload to receive new DNA results, Insights and Actions, it is by no means mandatory.
If you choose not to upgrade/upload, your existing DNA results, Insights and Actions will remain the same and you will retain all your Workouts and Nutrition plans. You are of course very welcome to upgrade or upload 23andMe / Ancestry.com data at any time in the future.
Regrettably, as much as we’d like to offer the GSA upgrade for free, the costs of new GSA chips and laboratory processing make this financially nonviable. We have priced the upgrade as competitively as we can in order to help as many customers to upgrade as possible.
23andMe and Ancestry.com allow you to download your "raw data" or DNA data file.
Please follow the instructions below.
Downloading a 23andMe file:
Downloading an Ancestry.com file:
Once you have downloaded your DNA data file (see above), you can upload it to FitnessGenes.
If you don’t already have an account with FitnessGenes (i.e. you are a new customer), then you need to create an account which will hold your DNA data:
If you are already a client of FitnessGenes (i.e. you have had your DNA analysed by us before):
Please send an email to email@example.com - a member of staff will be more than happy to help.
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