genetics

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    Genetics startup Twist Bioscience is working with Microsoft to store the world’s data in DNA

    Genetics startup Twist Bioscience is working with Microsoft to store the world’s data in DNA

    Twist Bioscience, a startup making and using synthetic DNA to store digital data, just struck a contract with Microsoft and the University of Washington to encode vast amounts of information on synthetic genes. Big data means business and the company able to gather a lot of it is very valuable to investors and stockholders. But that data needs to be stored somewhere and can cost a lot for… Read More

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    Citizen scientists, you can now DIY your own DNA analysis with Bento Lab

    Citizen scientists, you can now DIY your own DNA analysis with Bento Lab

    Want to know if you have the “athlete gene” or if you’re actually related to the weirdos who claim you as a family member? Get your collection tubes ready, citizen scientists, Bento Lab’s DIY DNA analysis kit is here and ready for the in-home lab. Normally you’d order a kit somewhere like 23andMe, spit in a tube and mail it off for results in six to eight weeks. Read More

  • For less than $1,000 you can now pull up your entire genome on your smartphone

    For less than $1,000 you can now pull up your entire genome on your smartphone

    Veritas Genetics was one of the first companies to sequence the entire human genome for less than $1,000 in 2015. It’s now taken that technology a step further by delivering the results of your entire genome in an app. To put in context just how radical this is, consider the first attempt at whole human genome sequencing required $3.7 billion to produce in 2001. It wasn’t until… Read More

  • 23andMe and Women’s Health Startup Celmatix Combine Forces To Research Genes Affecting Infertility

    23andMe and Women’s Health Startup Celmatix Combine Forces To Research Genes Affecting Infertility

    Humans have been having humans for hundreds of thousands of years as part of our genetic drive so it seems counter-Darwinian that some genes might work against our ability to make a baby. But that is exactly what certain genes might be doing, according to women’s health startup Celmatix, and they are now working with 23andMe to hopefully figure out why. Celmatix tries to take the… Read More

  • At-Home Full Genome-Sequencing Is Now Just A Spit Tube Away

    At-Home Full Genome-Sequencing Is Now Just A Spit Tube Away

    DNA sequencing startup Sure Genomics wants to help you learn about your entire genome at the click of a button. Today, the startup opened up an at-home service to the public, enabling consumers to get their full DNA sequence with a single saliva test. Some of the bigger companies in the personal genome space like Knome and Illumina’s Every Genome offer an all-encompassing service for tens… Read More

  • Another $50M Richer, 23andMe Drops Its Price To $99 Permanently. But Will The Average Dude Buy In?

    Another $50M Richer, 23andMe Drops Its Price To $99 Permanently. But Will The Average Dude Buy In?

    Genetics service 23andMe announced some new cash in the bank today with a $50 million raise from Yuri Milner, 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki, Google’s Sergey Brin (who also happens to be Wojcicki’s husband), New Enterprise Associates, MPM Capital, and Google Ventures. With today’s new funding also comes the reduction of the price of its genome analysis service to 99 smackers. Read More

  • 23andMe Makes First Acquisition, Nabs CureTogether To Double Down On Crowdsourced Genetic Research

    23andMe Makes First Acquisition, Nabs CureTogether To Double Down On Crowdsourced Genetic Research

    Founded in 2006, 23andMe set out with an ambitious goal: To one day make the human genome searchable by becoming the go-to resource for personal genetic information. Leveraging DNA analysis technology and web-based interactive tools, the company developed a “Personal Genome Service” that allows anyone and everyone to access and better understand their genetic data, including… Read More

  • Cancer-fighting chemical to be added to beer

    We’ve all heard the “red wine is good for you” argument before, but let’s face it; not everyone would choose a glass of red wine over a nice, cold beer. I wouldn’t, at least. Anyway, the actual benefit of drinking red wine comes from a cancer-fighting chemical called resveratrol, which occurs naturally in grapes. The problem with the red wine argument is that… Read More

  • AmpliChip Assay Helps Prescribe Drugs


    It has long been the intention of chemists to develop ways to tailor medicines specifically to peoples’ genetics. While that’s still a long ways off, new developments in pharmacology are opening doors for patients that were previously inconceivable. One such development is the AmpliChip from Roche. It can analyze a person’s genetic makeup and ascertain whether a… Read More