Category: announcements

23andMe Welcomes Continued Dialogue with Regulators

By 23andMe founders Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki. 23andMe Co-Founder Linda Avey. Personal genomics is an emerging field, and we were aware, when we first started the company, that we would challenge some of the existing precepts about how, and why, people might choose to access their genetic information. ...

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A Matter of Motivation

The following post is by Esther Dyson, a director at 23andMe and investor in numerous private aviation, space and health care ventures, including PatientsLikeMe. Last weekend I attended Science Foo Camp, a sort of grown-up summer camp for scientists sponsored by Google (an investor in 23andMe), Nature ...

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Capitol Hill, Health IT, and a movie

Yesterday 23andMe co-founder Linda Avey and I spent a muggy day on Capitol Hill, meeting with the staff of various senators and representatives, and thanking them for passing the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA). Most of them had never heard of 23andMe, so we took the time to explain what we ...

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Anne and Linda Unveil 23andWe at D6

23andMe founders Anne Wojcicki (right) and Linda Avey on stage at D6 with hosts Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher This morning 23andMe founders Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avey unveiled our new research effort, 23andWe, at the sixth All Things Digital Conference in Carlsbad, California. 23andWe gives our ...

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It’s Official: Bush signs GINA

President Bush has signed GINA, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, into law. The legislation, which passed Congress last month after languishing for more than a decade, will make it illegal for employers or health insurers to discriminate on the basis of genetics. Genetic information will still ...

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23andMe at the Girl Scouts’ Golden Gate Bridging

Last weekend 23andMe participated in the Girl Scouts’ Golden Gate Bridging at Crissy Field in San Francisco. This annual event celebrates middle school girls who are graduating from Junior Girl Scouts to Cadette Girl Scouts. To symbolize this transition, the girls walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. More ...

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And the Winner Is …

Could this be Lilly Mendel? The judges have met and a winner has been chosen. In the first 23andMe Win Your Genome Contest, the challenge was to describe Lilly Mendel – a real person whose data are presented in the 23andMe demo account – based on her genetic information alone. As we declared in the ...

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Giving the Gift of a Virtual Gene

Ever since the social media site Facebook allowed users to develop third-party applications, there has been an explosion of various quizzes, icons, and virtual gifts that users can add to each others' profiles. In addition to the various LOLcats, zombies, and werewolves that permeate Facebook these days, ...

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Pictures of Lilly: Introducing the 23andMe Win Your Genome Contest

This woman shares 99.5% of her DNA with Lilly Mendel. Team 23andMe likes games – Wii tennis and Segway polo are big here. So are friendly wagers over a new employee's ACTN3 genotype, or whether a given Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulation will converge during our lifetimes. So in the spirit of friendly ...

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23andMe at Stanford Cool Product Expo

Last week 23andMe participated in the Stanford Cool Product Expo, sponsored by Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. We were pleased to meet a steady stream of curious visitors to our corner booth, which was situated between the manufacturer of a bike you pedal like an elliptical trainer and a ...

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