- Is There a Demonstration About How to Use the Site?
- What is a SNP? Do I need to understand genetics to use SelfDecode?
- The SNP Analyzer is not working fully. It only shows some of the categories listed on the SNP pack
- Do You Have A Referral or Affiliate Program?
- What Do the Scores Mean With the SNP Analyzer?
- Which Company's Data Does SelfDecode Support?
- How can I search specifically for the APOE4 variant?
- How can I find specific SNPs?
- How can I search for specific genes?
- If There is No Reference, Where Does The Information Come From?
- Access Feature: Email is Invalid
- What is the difference between My Bad SNPs and My Bad Genes?
- What Does It Mean When The SNP is Red, But the Information is Beneficial For My Genotype?
- How should you behave based on the information presented?
- How can you print out a report?
- Is your interpretation guaranteed or just a probability?
- How reliable is the SNP Analyzer?
- How reliable is the information provided?
- How do I cancel my subscription?
- Does SelfDecode do genetic testing or only analysis?
Is There a Demonstration About How to Use the Site?
2) Here is a Webinar with Brendan Swan, our Chief Scientific Officer of SelfDecode.
About the speaker: Dr. Brendan Swan, PhD in Neurogenetics, University of Auckland (New Zealand)
5) Here is an older video that I made going through some of the features. We are constantly adding new features, so don't be surprised if you see new features that are not on the video.
What is a SNP? Do I need to understand genetics to use SelfDecode?
You don't need to have a deep understanding of genetics to use SelfDecode, but it helps! Visit our educational resources page for videos and descriptions of common genetic terms.
The SNP Analyzer is not working fully. It only shows some of the categories listed on the SNP pack
The SNP analyzer will only bring back SNP packs that have a certain amount of data. If nothing showed, it means there wasn't enough data.
If your file doesn't contain enough SNPs to make a conclusion, the SNP pack won't show up.
Do You Have A Referral or Affiliate Program?
Yes, we do. For every referral, you will get 3 free months of usage with the app. Use this link and simply replace your name with the brackets and what is in the brackets: http://www.selfdecode.com/?utm_source=aff&utm_medium=[affiliates-name]&utm_campaign=[affiliates-name]_id00001
We can track the purchases from whichever name or pseudonym you put in. For example:
We can see that the link is using "JoeCohen" and as long as the name in unique and won't overlap with other affiliates, you should be fine. You can email us at email@example.com and we will make sure you're in the system
If you refer over 10 people, we can start talking about alternative arrangements.
What Do the Scores Mean With the SNP Analyzer?
The SNP Analyzer gives letter scores from "A+" to "F". An "A+" would indicate that you function well with said trait or issue. A "C" indicates that you are average in the trait or issue. An "F" indicates that you should pay attention to the SNPs that might be problematic.
Depression Status: A +
This means that you have a good amount of SNPs that cause you to be resilient to depression.
Early To Bed, Early To Rise: A+
This means that you might be an early riser. An "F" would indicate that you're a night owl.
Response To Stress: F
This means that you may not tolerate stress well.
Which Company's Data Does SelfDecode Support?
The following genome sequencing services are currently supported: 23andme, AncestryDNA, FamilyTree, Courtagen. Our favorite currently is 23andme.
So, the first step would be getting your raw data file from one of those services. It usually takes 6-8 weeks to get your raw data file so do not pay the subscription on SelfDecode before you get your file.
How can I search specifically for the APOE4 variant?
"For example I read: ApoE4 gene means fish oil might cause negative side effects."
APOE4 is not a gene, it's a certain variant that people have. APOE4 is the high risk variant of the APOE gene.
Alternatively, you can use the search feature on the menu bar of the site, and it'll show SNPs or genes that mention APOE4.
How can I find specific SNPs?
You can find any specific SNP by using the URL and filling in the underscore with the rsid: https://www.selfdecode.com/snp/____________
Alternatively, you can use the search feature on the menu bar of the site.
How can I search for specific genes?
You can find any specific gene by using the URL and filling in the underscore: https://www.selfdecode.com/gene/____________
So if you want to find the APOE gene and its related SNPs, you will find it https://www.selfdecode.com/gene/APOE
Alternatively, you can use the search feature on the menu bar of the site.
If There is No Reference, Where Does The Information Come From?
All of the information comes from pubmed and science journals, but some of the references were taken out when we moved databases.
Access Feature: Email is Invalid
If it keeps saying that the email is invalid, it's because the person doesn't have a SelfDecode account.
You can only share your report with someone who has access to the program.
What is the difference between My Bad SNPs and My Bad Genes?
A gene is composed of alleles. When there is a variation of an allele, it's called a SNP. So SNPs make up genes. My bad SNPs are the individual SNPs that come up as bad. My bad genes are looking how many bad SNPs you have in the whole gene.
What Does It Mean When The SNP is Red, But the Information is Beneficial For My Genotype?
By default, 2 minor or less common alleles will display a red color. But sometimes, the less common variety can have benefits. So if it displays red, it doesn't mean it's "bad."
How should you behave based on the information presented?
You should never take any drastic action or an action that has significant side effects based on your genetics. Currently, the best way to use your genes is to motivate you to take a healthy action that you should already be taking.
If you see something that may alarm you, make sure to speak with your doctor to understand what these results mean.
The FDA says that it has the ability to regulate genomic interpretation (whether we like it or not) because people sometimes take drastic action based on genetic results.
You shouldn't make any changes in medical behavior based on your genes without discussing with your doctor.
However, if you see something in your genetics that will motivate you to take a healthy action, then that's always a good thing.
How can you print out a report?
Every report has a download button here, which allows you to download the report.
Is your interpretation guaranteed or just a probability?
Any interpretation or information presented is simply a probability.
How reliable is the SNP Analyzer?
The SNP analyzer is a way to aggregate information, often from contradicting SNPs. You shouldn't use the information as factual, but rather as something to look more into. Often, there will be SNPs that contradict each other in the SNP analyzer. This is because people are made up of millions of SNPs that often do contradictory functions and it's the totality of these functions that decide what your biology is like.
The SNP analyzer aims to integrate information from a certain function to come up with a clearer picture. You should rely on it as a rough estimation of what you're like.
How reliable is the information provided?
There can be mistakes here and there, but we reference all of our material, which you can check. ~99% of the time, it's correct.
How do I cancel my subscription?
Recurring monthly subscriptions can be canceled at any time.
Subscriptions are very easy to cancel. When signed into the program, you just click on your email at the top right and go to the subscriptions page.
When you cancel your subscription, you will lose access to the app at the end of the billing cycle. You are welcome to download PDFs of your SNPs to save them for the future.
Does SelfDecode do genetic testing or only analysis?
SelfDecode only does the genetic analysis. People upload their data from 23andme, Ancestry, Familytree and Courtagen. 23andme has the most SNPs from all of these companies.
We will be supporting whole genome analyses and whole exome analyses soon. Please send your file over to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want us to support it. If we get more than one person with a particular file who wants us to support that file, then we will support it (we will allow you to upload it and get your analysis).
SelfDecode does not attempt to treat, diagnose or cure any condition. We are simply an interface in which you can more easily see what the science is saying about your genetics.
Nothing that we have on the site is FDA approved.