AncestryHealth®
is no longer available for purchase.

For more information please visit our support page.

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. Before July 31, 2020, AncestryHealth used microarray technology. As you may know, because the variants each test can detect is different, it is important you know which technology was used to analyze your patient’s DNA. This information can be found in their laboratory report.

The tables below outline the health conditions, genes, and either percent of known variants that can be detected (NGS) or the specific variants the test looks for (microarray). NGS only looks for specific variants where noted (F2, F5, HBB, HFE genes).

Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS)

Kits purchased after July 31st 2020. Estimated percentage of variants detected for each gene.

Cancer Risk Panel

Heart and Blood Health

Carrier Status

Connective Tissue Disorders

tube

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.

chromosome

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.

Microarray

Kits purchased before August 1st 2020. List of specific gene variants for each condition tested.

Cancer Risk

Carrier Status

Heart and Blood Health

helix

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.

computer

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.