Ancestry Introduces AncestryHealthR #DNA

Jan Meisels Allen



Ancestry announced their new service, AncestryHealth®.  There are two services: AncestryHealth Core™, a one-time, array-based service, and AncestryHealth Plus™, a membership service using next generation sequencing (NGS) technology.

Ancestry partnered with PWNHealth, an independent network of board-certified physicians and genetic counselors for both Ancestry services.  The laboratory tests and health reports do not provide a diagnosis of any disease or disorder. 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.

Prior to testing, Ancestry will provide educational tools to help patients understand its limitations and what they can hope to learn, while post-test education will focus on explaining what the results mean in the context of their health and family history. For the cost of the services, PWNHealth will provide pre-test genetic counseling, if ordering doctors determine it is necessary but mostly at customers' request, as well as post-test counseling. Genetic counselors will be available to customers through webinars, online chats, and via telephone.

Customers of AncestryHealth will fill out a series of questions about their family health history. That information will be going to a physician, who orders the test on your behalf. Physicians in telemedicine firm PWNHealth's network will review and approve customer orders based on the online questionnaires. Those physicians will advise whether or not a genetic health test is appropriate for a customer. For example someone with a bone marrow transplant is not a good candidate for any genetic health test as the results would be their donor’s results not theirs. Then, if physician approved,  the patient saliva samples will be sent to the labs for analysis and reporting.  This is the same as when you send in your DNA sample --its sent to the lab, or if you already have taken an Ancestry DNA test then the sample is taken from  the securely stored sample.

According to an article in (, “The services will gauge mutations in genes associated with risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (BRCA1 and BRCA2); Lynch syndrome (MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, and PMS2), familial hypercholesterolemia, hypertrophic/dilated cardiomyopathy (MYH7 and MYBPC3), hereditary hemochromatosis, and thrombosis. They will also offer carrier screening for diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs, and sickle cell.”

You have to have taken or take an Ancestry DNA test. The cost of the DNA test is not included in the prices below. Some people may need to take another test. The charge for the


AncestryHealth Core test is:


Existing Customers: $49 – AncestryHealth Report + AncestryDNA


New customers: $149 – AncestryHealth Report + AncestryDNA


AncestryHealth Plus(subscription) is:


Existing Customers: $98 ($49 now, $49 later) – AncestryHealth Report + AncestryDNA + Health subscription


New customers: $199 ($49 ongoing subscription) – AncestryHealth Report + AncestryDNA + Health subscription


If you are not already an Ancestry subscriber you can create a free Ancestry account by going to:  (this will let you register and review your DNA results it will  not let you access the databases, for that you must have a subscription).


There are certain eligibility requirements: you must live in the United States but not residents of New York, New Jersey or Rhode Island; be at least 18 years old able to produce saliva.


AncestryHealth services include:


  • Physician-ordered tests that were developed and are performed by independent CLIA-certified laboratories
  • Educational information, including access to genetic counseling resources
  • Printable consumer and physician-ready reports that provide guideans for next steps an individual and their healthcare provider can take together.


To learn more go to:


To read Ancestry’s CEO, Margo Geordiadis’ blog about this see:


For answers to many questions see:


To read Ancestry’s press release see:


I have no affiliation with Ancestry and am sharing this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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