New Features: Messaging & 23andMe Import

We’ve added two exciting new features to Open Humans: User-to-user messaging and a 23andMe import!

User-to-User Messaging

Some of you have expressed an interest in being able to contact your fellow Open Humans members. Well, now you can!

How to contact another member:

  • Go to a member’s public profile page (e.g. as linked on our members list).
  • If that member allows emails, you’ll see a “Contact Member” button.
  • Click this, log in if necessary, and follow the instructions.

23andMe Import

Have you gotten a DNA test from 23andMe? Do you plan to? You can now import and share your results on Open Humans!

How to import 23andMe data:

  • Make sure you’re logged in to Open Humans.
  • Go to the 23andMe upload page.
  • Follow instructions to download your 23andMe raw data.
  • Upload your 23andMe raw data.
  • We’ll process and remove identifiers, but genetic data is still potentially identifiable!

As more people import 23andMe data, we expect researchers will want to work with you in new and interesting ways!

As with other data, this data is private by default. So, if you want to share this data publicly you’ll need to enroll in the Public Data Sharing study. Once enrolled, the public sharing toggle will be unlocked on your research data page, enabling you to choose certain files you want to donate to the public domain.

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