23andMe is all about empowering you to really get to know your own DNA. But we also have tools that let you share and compare your data with family and friends.
All you need to do to share your genome with another person is send an invitation from the Genome Sharing page of your account. You’ll need a person’s username, which can be found by searching with a first name, last name, or email address.
(Only people who have added their full name to their public profiles will be searchable. If you know someone who’s signed up with 23andMe but isn’t searchable, you can just ask for his or her username directly.)
Not sure whom to share with? Why not start with 23andMe founders Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avey? Both are ready and waiting to accept your invitation to share genomes at the Basic level.
23andMe board member Esther Dyson is also willing to share. She’s accepting both Basic and Extended sharing invitations. She’d like to hear about who you are and why you’re interested in sharing. Drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to put 23andMe in the subject line.
At the end of this post, there’s a list of more people looking to share.
If you’re interested in sharing your genome with friends you just haven’t met yet, leave a comment here at The Spittoon. Include your full name, the level of sharing you’re comfortable with, and a little bit about yourself or what you hope to learn. And make sure to add your name to your public profile so people can find you! (While you’re at it, why not also add a profile picture so you’re not just another gray silhouette?)
- Matt Crenson
“I’m looking for people who might be distantly related to me, especially on the paternal side. Unfortunately, my paternal haplogroup is the incredibly common R1b1c.”
- Iram Mirza
“I’m maternal haplogroup U5, I love my Ancestry Painting, and I can’t stay up past 9 pm!”
- Anne Holden
“I have a very rare maternal haplogroup (H11) and I’m really interested in finding other H11’s so we can see how our ancestries compare!”
- Alex Coonce
“I’m interested in seeing the true power of sharing.”
- Becca Ling
“It’s fun to compare ancestry!”
- Andro Hsu
“I’m looking for fellow Asians, and for any long-lost Spanish relatives.”
- Rachel Cohen
“I am interested in finding others with my maternal haplogroup, K2a2a. Specifically, I’ve heard that Ashkenazi Jews often have half identical segments on the Genome Comparison Feature. I want to see if anyone shares segments with me.”
- Lawrence Hon
- Rajiv Mahadevan
- Erin Davis
- Denali Lumma
“I am happy to share my genetic data because it is simply what I was given at birth, not what I have made of myself. I would also be curious to see the genetic data of others willing to share.”
- Oliver Ryan
- Jonathan Hansen