Puberty has a clear physiological signpost in girls: sooner or later, they have their first period. That’s been a critical part of identifying genes that influence when puberty starts in girls, but it wasn’t clear whether those genes also affected boys the same way.
Genetic testing company 23andMe is back in the business of direct-to-consumer health testing kits, after a two-year semi-hiatus (in the U.S., at least) from offering health risk assessments at the behest of the Food and Drug Administration. That makes 23andMe the first such company to win FDA approval for taking its…
23andMe quickly gained notoriety by providing private customers with health and ancestry information directly from their sequenced DNA, then, in 2013, it was stopped from providing health details by the FDA. Now it’s got the green light to resume.
Five years after privacy advocates warned about the potential risks to privacy posed by massive genetics databases, they are, indeed, causing problems. Two popular geneology websites, Ancestry.com and 23andMe, both maintain such databases on behalf of private citizens. Now there’s at least one case on record of…
23andMe made a name for itself selling DNA test kits, but today it announced a radical new direction: The company will start mining its huge database of DNA sequences to create new drugs. The science of how they could do that is fascinating—but it raises a lot of futuristic ethical questions too.
DNA testing startup 23andMe has been doing brisk business collecting genetic samples from over 800,000 customers. But the company just announced a new plan that'll launch it into the big pharma world: 23andMe is going to invent its own pharmaceutical drugs using the data it collects from customer DNA.
Today, 23andMe announced what Forbes reports is only the first of ten deals with big biotech companies: Genentech will pay up to $60 million for access to 23andMe's data to study Parkinson's. You think 23andMe was about selling fun DNA spit tests for $99 a pop? Nope, it's been about selling your data all along.
Following demands issued by the Food and Drug Administration late last month, 23andMe has ceased all health-related genetic testing until further notice.
Something's not quite right about 23andMe's DNA analysis kits, and the Food and Drug Administration is on it. The agency ordered 23andMe to stop selling the kits until the Google-backed company can prove that they actually work. Sounds reasonable.
Fast Company has a profile on 23andMe, the de facto public face of genetic testing, that's worth a read just for the look at the underpinnings of the science. But there's a moment in there that teases out the gut punch that can come from that knowledge, and that's closely related to how genetic testing in sports might…
Mapping out your genome is the 21st Century equivalent of staring deep inside your soul; it's tempting to look, but terrifying what you might find. The DNA divers at 23andMe are hoping that slashing the price of their home-testing service—from $300 down to $100—will be enough to tilt the scales towards discovery. Are…
23andMe's DNA analysis kit doesn't cost $200 today. Rather, it's free. So, now that the super steep price can't scare you away from a deep analysis of your genetic past and future, is it worth it? Gizmodo's opinion is divided.
From $199 to $0—23andMe's DNA-analyzing service has been a subject on Gizmodo before, so if you were wondering what your chances of cancer, Alzheimer's or other illnesses are but were put off by the price, today's the day to act.
A mother wanted to discover her son's risk for certain diseases, so she mailed a DNA sample to genetics testing company 23and Me. The results made her cry: Her child's genetic profile was entirely inconsistent with his family's. What happened?
Walgreens plans to sell genetic testing kits for the first time in brick and mortar stores, but the FDA thinks this shift from labs/internet to pharmacy may be too much too fast.
At the advice of many medical experts, I'm leaving the following article, in which I'll discuss my personal probabilities of disease based upon my genetics, unsigned.