We believe genetics and the study of disease should be for everyone.
All ethnicities. All people.
Help drive research forward for African Americans.
Questions: contact study-help@23andMe.com
Why your help is so important.
Less than 5% of research on the genetics of disease includes people of African ancestry. If people with diverse ancestries continue to be underrepresented in genetics research, then we risk missing key medical and other scientific discoveries that could benefit everyone.
If you participate in the African American Sequencing Project, you could help address this disparity. By sharing your genetic data with the scientific community, you can shape the future of genetics research to include people of African descent.
Popejoy, A. B. & Fullerton, S. M. Nature 538, 161-164 (2016).
See if you’re eligible
To be eligible for this study you must be a 23andMe customer, have consented to 23andMe Research, self identify as African or African American and be at least 18 years old.
How it works
There is no cost to participate.
About this project
In October 2016, 23andMe was awarded a grant by the National Human Genome Research Institute, a major research arm of the National Institutes of Health, to fund the African American Sequencing Project.
This project is part of our broad commitment to diversity in genetics research. Learn more about 23andMe’s Roots into the Future Project.
Privacy and Security
We do not share your genetic information without your explicit authorization. Only you can decide if you would like to participate in this project by authorizing 23andMe to share your information with outside researchers.
Even though you previously consented to participate in 23andMe Research, you will need to read and accept additional consents to participate in this study.
What does it mean to be a research participant in this project?
Why is 23andMe conducting the African American Sequencing Project?
Will you share my genetic data with third parties?
Do I need to provide a new saliva sample to 23andMe?
How will you protect the confidentiality of my data?
What is whole genome sequencing? How is this process different from genotyping, the process previously used by 23andMe to analyze the DNA in my saliva sample?
How do you select participants for this study?
Will I have access to my sequenced data?
What am I agreeing to if I accept the consent documents for this project?