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2011-05-31 08:30:00

If met, Challenge will take total Brin Wojcicki Foundation giving to $130 million NEW YORK, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki announced a $50-million challenge spurring existing and new donors at every level to give, or increase giving, to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF). The Challenge is now in effect and will match all new or increased gifts to The Michael J. Fox Foundation on a one-to-one basis through year-end 2012....

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2011-05-31 10:25:00

An investigation into direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests found flawed and inaccurate results, with each one giving different results, and in some cases arriving at medical predictions that were no more accurate than flipping a coin, a Dutch study has found. The findings of the study will increase calls for tighter regulations around personalized genetics tests which can cost more than $800. Critics decry the tests as a waste of money that could mislead people about their future health,...

2011-01-12 18:30:20

Leading personal genomics company reviews last year's genetic milestones on the journey to understanding the role of genetics in personal health, human development and ancestry 23andMe has released its first annual list of what it felt to be the 10 most interesting and significant genetic findings in 2010, as part of an ongoing journey to understand the role of genetics in personal health and human development. "Our understanding of the human genome is accelerating at a phenomenal rate,"...

2011-01-12 00:01:22

Firefox browser extension links users' 23andMe SNP information to web content, connecting personal genome to web with a click Reston, VA (PRWEB) January 11, 2011 5AM Solutions, a life science software engineering firm, announces the release of SNPTips, a Firefox browser plug-in that connects a user's 23andMe personal genetic information to web content with a single mouse click. Personal genetic testing services such as 23andMe provide genetic testing for individuals outside of a...

2011-01-07 09:50:00

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 23andMe, a leading personal genomics company, today announced the addition of approximately $9 million to its Series C Financing to bring the total raised in the round to approximately $31 million. 23andMe first announced its Series C Financing in November 2010. With this closing, MPM Capital joins Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation as new investors and MPM Capital Managing Director Ashley Ledbetter Dombkowski, PhD is joining...

2010-11-09 08:00:00

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- 23andMe, Inc., a leading personal genetics company, announced today the closing of its Series C financing. The company raised a total of more than $22 million of funding from a new investor, Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, and current investors -- including New Enterprise Associates and Google Ventures. "We believe this round of financing will help us achieve our goal of dramatically accelerating the pace of research and...

2010-11-07 10:47:03

Scientists present latest research findings on the public's understanding, use, and attitudes toward personalized genetic testing at ASHG 60th Annual Meeting Thousands of the world's top scientists and clinicians in the human genetics field will convene to present their latest research findings at the American Society of Human Genetics 60th Annual Meeting, which will be held November 2-6, 2010, in Washington, D.C. A number of scientific presentations at this year's meeting will provide...

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2010-07-23 09:30:00

Individuals who send off saliva samples to genetic testing companies to determine whether or not they are at risk for diabetes or certain forms of cancer may receive different results depending on which company they select, according to a Reuters report Thursday. In the article, reporter Julie Steenhuysen states that government officials conducted an undercover probe of four unidentified genetic testing firms. As part of the test, five people sent away DNA for testing to each of the...

2010-06-25 15:30:47

23andMe, Inc., a leading personal genetics company, announced today that it has published the first data to come out of its novel participant-driven research program. The results, available online in the journal PLoS Genetics, replicate several known genetic associations, validating 23andMe's methodology and ushering in an era of more efficient genetic research. "This paper announces and validates a revolutionary way of conducting scientific research," said Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe President...

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2010-06-13 07:05:00

The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on 23andMe, as well as other companies that sell genetic tests directly to consumers. The FDA sent letters out last week to five companies that are involved in that industry, saying their tests are medical devices that must receive regulatory approval before they can be marketed. "Premarket review allows for an independent and unbiased assessment of a diagnostic test's ability to generate test results that can reliably be used to support...


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