Conditions tested for—and other key details to know.

AncestryHealth® now uses next-generation sequencing technology (NGS) to detect variants in genes linked to certain inherited health conditions. Microarray technology was used for all tests prior to July 31st, 2020. Tests are developed and performed by our independent laboratory partners. Conditions tested on both microarray and NGS are indicated below.

Cancer Risk

Carrier Status

microarray NGS

Connective Tissue Disorders


Heart and Blood Health

microarray NGS

The variants we test for are carefully selected.

Based on expert recommendations, only variants known to be linked to a higher chance of developing certain health issues are reported. An analysis of the variants is made by the lab that performed the test.


Why specific variants are not listed for NGS.

Standard microarray technology typically tests so few DNA variants linked to certain health conditions that it’s important to have a list of exactly which variants were tested. In comparison, NGS can detect so many DNA variants that it’s typically more useful to know the percentage of known variants that can be detected in each gene, as well as the types of variants it cannot detect—such as large duplications or deletions.


The role of genetics in determining risk.

Genetics is just one of many factors linked to developing a condition. If a variant is found for a particular condition, it means there is a higher chance of developing the health issues tied to that condition. Similarly, if no variants are found, the chance of developing a health issue can’t be ruled out. Healthcare providers should be consulted before any actions are taken based on AncestryHealth® reports.


There are resources to help.

We provide access to certified genetic counselors as part of our partnership with PWNHealth, and offer interactive webinars, direct messaging, or one-on-one counseling, where appropriate. These healthcare professionals can explain any notable findings and guide next steps, like earlier screenings. Reports are formatted to be printable and easy to share with a healthcare provider.

Have other questions? See our AncestryHealth Support Center.

AncestryHealth® includes laboratory tests developed and performed by an independent CLIA-certified laboratory partner, and with oversight from an independent clinician network of board-certified physicians and genetic counselors. The test results are not diagnostic and do not determine your overall chance of developing a disease or health condition. The tests are not cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. You should consult a healthcare provider before taking any action based on AncestryHealth® reports, including before making any treatment, dietary, or lifestyle changes. AncestryHealth® is not currently available in New York, New Jersey or Rhode Island.