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23andMe's Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avey Speak, Part 1

Here’s the first part of a longer interview I did with 23andMe‘s co-founders Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avey about the personal online genetics and social-networking service, which is being launched today.

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The company name comes from the 23 pairs of chromosomes that make up each individual’s genome.

In this part, they talk about why customers would want to know a lot about their DNA and whether that information is helpful and informative (tracing your ancient lineage) or just plain scary (you could have a proclivity for a zillion scary diseases you never heard of before!):

In addition, here’s a tour of the 23andMe offices and the second part of the interview.

Please see this disclosure related to me and Google (an investor in 23andMe).


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