Based in Madrid, Spain, 24Genetics is a DNA testing company that offers testing kits for a variety of different purposes, including medical, nutritional, skincare, and pharmaceutical analysis, as well as ancestry testing.
It offers testing in over 90 countries. It is the largest European direct-to-consumer wellness and ancestry test and offers reports in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
The 24Genetics testing database uses last-generation sequencing technology, testing roughly 700,000 genetic markers.
This medical genetics test analyzes your DNA sample for genetic risk for more than 200 diseases and genetic predisposition to conditions like alopecia, diabetes, cancers, BRCA, psoriasis, and more. You can learn about genetic risks for heart disease, celiac disease, macular degeneration, and more. The test will study carrier status for conditions, genetic risks for various mutations that could lead to cancer, biomarkers, biometrics, and traits, as well as several pharma reports indicating whether you would have a normal, abnormal, or harmful effects from specific drugs.
This autosomal DNA test looks for 700,000 genetic markers. It shows breakdowns by continent, countries, and more than 500 geographical regions. However, the ancestry report doesn't provide much explanation about what the different regions mean and how they relate to you. It just lists percentage breakdowns that you have inherited from your ancestors, from the paternal and maternal sides of the family, combined.
24Genetics doesn't offer deep ancestry testing, such as Y-DNA or mtDNA testing. If this type of genetic genealogy data that you are looking for, several other DNA testing companies might interest you, including African Ancestry, 23andMe, or LivingDNA.
The 24Genetics Nutrition test looks for your body's genetic predispositions towards certain vitamins and minerals, nutrients, diets, and traits that have to do with an individual's relationship to food and certain tastes. Your DNA data is tested for markers to help you better understand your relationship to nutrition, and what nutrients your body has an increased need of. Test markers indicate Omega fatty acid levels, taste sensitivities, your natural levels for different vitamins, how your body handles cholesterol (HDL and LDL), predisposition to impulsive eating, sweet foods, and bitter tastes.
This sports test looks for insight into your physical activity, like your metabolism, cardiovascular genes, injury risk, aerobic capacity, cardio performance, muscle regeneration, and exercise recovery.
This health report provides personalized skin care advice so that you can have the most effective beauty treatments. It tests for genes to help you know more about your skin's sensitivity, inflammation, sun sensitivity, and photoaging, as well as the vitamins that your skin needs. It tells you about your predispositions for acne, psoriasis, sun spots, and more. The test helps you know what types of nutrients you need more of to provide personalized skincare treatments.
This test looks at genetic markers about your risk of dependence on alcohol, cocaine, and opium, as well as the AKT1 gene which can indicate whether you are predisposed to develop marijuana-related psychosis or paranoia.
Keep reading for pros and cons of choosing this DNA testing company.
24Genetics uses a simple cotton swab in your cheek. This is the easiest type of at-home DNA kit to take, compared to the saliva/spit sample that many other genetic testing companies require.
It's a long-stemmed swab that just snaps off once it’s in the sterile tube.
U.S. purchases get free express shipping and free scheduled USPS pickup.
Raw DNA results are free upon request from this DTC genetic testing company.
If you have taken a test with another company that offers an export of your raw data file, like AncestryDNA or 23andMe, you can just upload it to 24Genetics to have your DNA analyzed through the company's algorithm for $49.
Uploaders should know that 24Genetics raw data may have up to 80,000 more genetic markers than the 23andMe and Ancestry.com tests, so you won't get everything.
To better understand what you will be getting with 24Genetics, you can check out PDF examples of the different types of tests online. PDF reports include dozens of pages and color illustrations. It even includes article links to scientific journals if you want to learn more about each portion of the test, including the clinical studies behind each of the tested factors and researchers’ in-depth insights into what your results mean.
When you get your results, you are sent a PDF. There is no online interface. You can't get DNA matches. Your results don't get automatically updated when a more accurate algorithm is created.
This test would be best for someone who wants to get one-time DNA analysis results that can easily be printed off at home.
Many other testing companies offer a digital interface with non-static results. They change and update when the science advances, the company refines their algorithms, and more consumers take a DNA test, so there is more data for scientists to draw conclusions from.
Once your test kits have been received back at the lab, with your samples, it can take three to eight weeks for you to get your results.
Customer support is only available via email. In such a competitive landscape, this is a little disappointing when consumers have multiple questions and would like to talk to a real person for advice.
Consumers for whom English is their first language may be confused by some of the wording on the 24Genetics site and reports. One example is from the "Frequently Asked Questions" section: "We will see the genes that influence weight diet effectiveness."
Mazi Marcel Womack
24 Genetics was one of the most comprehensive results I have seen with DNA testing.