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Anne W. and 23andMe: Still cool but still stalled

March 10, 2014 6:04 pm by | 3 Comments

Anne Wojcicki made a strong case for getting your DNA sequenced to the crowd at SxSW but she had no easy answers for questions about privacy or the FDA.


Researchers discover that two defective copies of a single gene cause rare brain disorder

Researchers discover that two defective copies of a single gene cause rare brain disorder

April 24, 2014 2:36 pm by | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) – International teams of researchers using advanced gene sequencing technology have uncovered a single genetic mutation responsible for a rare brain disorder that may have stricken families in Turkey for some 400 years.
The discovery…


How 23andMe got in trouble

How 23andMe got in trouble

February 10, 2014 8:59 am by | 2 Comments

Open sesame? Lukas Hartmann shares a great, detailed story (My deadly genetic disease was just a bug) of what happens when a self-described nerd is “confronted with a life threatening…



Domain VC: Why we’re investing more in molecular diagnostics

Domain VC: Why we’re investing more in molecular diagnostics

December 11, 2013 3:51 pm by | 0 Comments

When Domain Associates led Xagenic Inc.’s recent $20 million Series B, it marked the eighth diagnostics investment the firm had made with its $500 million eighth fund. The partners say…


Close look at 23andMe founder and what genetic testing means for adoptive parents

Close look at 23andMe founder and what genetic testing means for adoptive parents

October 19, 2013 9:30 am by | 0 Comments

What began as an assignment to investigate and profile 23andMe Founder and CEO Anne Wojcicki took a personal turn for one adoptive parent and Fast Company contributor. In this article,…


Can carrier screening reduce population-level incidences of genetic diseases?

Can carrier screening reduce population-level incidences of genetic diseases?

July 12, 2013 2:40 pm by | 0 Comments

Carrier screening can prevent disease in families, but some doubt that it can change population-level incidence of disease. One in 100 babies worldwide is born with a disease caused by…


Bina launches package of hardware + software + apps to use big data to cure cancer

Bina launches package of hardware + software + apps to use big data to cure cancer

February 19, 2013 5:46 pm by | 0 Comments

Dr. Narges Bani Asadi says cancer is a genetic disease, and she is using technology to fight it. Asadi is the founder and CEO of Bina, a healthcare startup working to make ‘personalized medicine’ a reality. Bina applies big data analytics to genomics, making it possible to sequence the human genome in a matter of hours rather than days or weeks.


Four barriers that must fall before the personalized medicine revolution can start

Four barriers that must fall before the personalized medicine revolution can start

January 28, 2013 8:26 am by | 2 Comments

We are at the dawn of a new age of personalized medicine. Just as Moore’s law transformed computing – and, as a result, all aspects of our professional and personal lives…



23andMe raises $50M, drops price of test kit to $99

23andMe raises $50M, drops price of test kit to $99

December 11, 2012 11:34 pm by | 0 Comments

Genetic testing startup 23andMe has raised $50 million in fresh funding with hopes to increase its user base and make greater genetic discoveries, the company announced today.


Britain to spend $160M to sequence DNA of 100,000 people with cancer, rare diseases

Britain to spend $160M to sequence DNA of 100,000 people with cancer, rare diseases

December 9, 2012 7:05 pm by | 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – Up to 100,000 Britons suffering from cancer and rare diseases are to have their genetic codes fully sequenced and mapped as part of government plans to build a DNA database to boost drug discovery and development.
Prime Minister Dav…


The cloud ate my data! Health entrepreneurs say vendors should be liable

The cloud ate my data! Health entrepreneurs say vendors should be liable

November 30, 2012 7:47 am by | 0 Comments

At CloudBeat, the healthcare panel kicked off with a harrowing statistic. The vast majority of breast cancer sufferers will not benefit from chemotherapy. And yet, most patients today receive this highly invasive treatment.
According to genetics exper…


Researchers: Embryo survival gene may be on/off, low/high switch for immune system

Researchers: Embryo survival gene may be on/off, low/high switch for immune system

November 26, 2012 5:05 am by | 0 Comments

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A gene that keeps embryos alive appears to control the immune system and determine how it fights chronic diseases like hepatitis and HIV, and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, scientists said on Monday.
Although the …


Next-Gen lab company in Winston-Salem research park wins $700,000 NIH grant

Next-Gen lab company in Winston-Salem research park wins $700,000 NIH grant

November 9, 2012 3:10 pm by | 0 Comments

The possibility of offering pharmaceutical companies a customized path for drug development has landed a North Carolina partnership of academics and entrepreneurs $700,000 in national research funding.
Recipients of the National Institutes of Health grant are a…


Genomics field gets a boost with rare-cancer breakthrough by Chordoma Foundation

Genomics field gets a boost with rare-cancer breakthrough by Chordoma Foundation

October 15, 2012 2:53 pm by | 0 Comments

Today, scientists made a major step in cancer research; they identified the underlying genetic cause behind a rare form of carcinoma cancer, chordoma.
This discovery puts the emerging field of genomics on the map, may speed up the drug approval proces…


GnuBIO lands $10M to launch desktop sequencer (“the K-Cup coffee of DNA sequencing”) in 2013

GnuBIO lands $10M to launch desktop sequencer (“the K-Cup coffee of DNA sequencing”) in 2013

October 5, 2012 11:24 am by | 0 Comments

With $10 million in new investments and a $4.5 million grant from National Human Genome Research Institute, a Cambridge DNA sequencing company is preparing to launch its version of a…


Billionaire surgeon launching cancer partnership to create DNA database, allow faster tumor analysis

Billionaire surgeon launching cancer partnership to create DNA database, allow faster tumor analysis

October 2, 2012 11:59 pm by | 0 Comments

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – As owner of 5 percent of the Los Angeles Lakers, Patrick Soon-Shiong could walk into the locker room of the storied basketball franchise any time for a chat with stars like Kobe Bryant. But the richest man in Los Angeles choose…