Ancestry Introduces its AncestryHealth powered by Next Generation Sequencing #announcements
Jan Meisels Allen
Ancestry announced its launch of AncestryHealth powered by Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). It is designed to help people understand their risk for developing certain inheritable conditions, such as heart disease, breast cancer, colon cancer and blood disorders. They also provide carrier status reports for cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, and Tay-Sachs disease; five connective tissue disorder reports, which were not part of the existing AncestryHealth Core offering; and four cardiovascular reports related to heart disease, high cholesterol, risk of blood clotting, and iron overload, and rolled its wellness reports in AncestryHealth covering 10 traits related to alcohol flushing, caffeine metabolism, lactose intolerance, and others according to a report in Genomeweb.com (https://www.genomeweb.com/sequencing/ancestry-rolls-out-sequencing-based-health-offering-focused-common-conditions).
Ancestry has amassed a database of 18 million people in its AncestryDNA network since launching the microarray-based genetic genealogy service in 2012.
According to Ancestry’s press release, “Because NGS technology reads parts of the genome that a microarray cannot, the NGS technology that powers AncestryHealth does a better job of determining if someone is at greater risk for some of the most common inherited conditions. Quest Diagnostics developed NGS technology for AncestryHealth. The release also states NGS achieves about 80-90 percent detection of inherited risk for specific health condition and they state the NGS technology powering AncestryHealth has a risk detection rate four times higher than most microarray-based tests.
AncestryHealth powered by NGS will replace the microarray-based AncestryHealth Core which it started last year. In partnership with PWNHealth, an independent network of board-certified genetic counselors, geneticists, physicians and other allied health professionals, AncestryHealth powered by NGS offers genetic information on risks combined with educational resources, remote access to genetic counselors and a clinical lab report consumers can share with their healthcare provider to help them understand their results and make more informed choices.
Ancestry does not share customers’ DNA data with insurers, employers or third-party marketers.
Beginning Aug. 3, AncestryHealth powered by NGS is available to adults (ages 18+) in the United States, with the exception of New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island, for $179. Existing AncestryDNA® customers can upgrade to AncestryHealth for $99. You can purchase and activate the kit via the AncestryHealth website: https://www.ancestry.com/health
I have no affiliation with Ancestry or AncestryHealth and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee