• 23andMe Snags GeneticScreening.com For A Mere $2200

    23andMe Snags GeneticScreening.com For A Mere $2200

    Quick, how many pairs of chromosomes do you have? If your mind just drew a blank — or an image of Ethan Hawke fiddling around with tweezers in GATTACA — then you probably aren’t alone. The answer, of course, is 23 pairs, for a total of 46 chromosomes. And it’s what the name of well-funded genetic testing company 23andMe, which has raised some $52.6 million to date… Read More

  • Esther Dyson On Health Care: “Don’t Fight The System, Erode It”

    Technology polymath Esther Dyson has always been interested in healthcare and especially how data and personal devices can make us healthier. She is an active investor in a few healthcare startups and sits on the board of personal genomics company 23andMe. In the video interview above, she explains how startups can help change healthcare for the better: “Don’t fight the system… Read More

  • Personal Genetics Startup 23andMe Raises $9M From Johnson & Johnson, MPM Capital

    23andMe, the personal genetics company co-founded by Anne Wojcicki, Google co-founder Sergey Brin‘s spouse, has raised $9 million more in funding, adding to the company’s $22 million C round announced last November. This round of funding comes from MPM Capital and Johnson & Johnson Development Corp. MPM Capital Managing Director Ashley Ledbetter Dombkowski will be joining… Read More

  • Personal Genetics Startup 23andMe Raises $22 Million More From Google, Others

    23andMe, the personal genetics company co-founded by Anne Wojcicki, Google co-founder Sergey Brin‘s spouse, has raised $22 million+ in its third round of financing. The Series C round was led by Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, with current investors participating – including New Enterprise Associates and Google Ventures (ah, family …). 23andMe, which was founded… Read More

  • 23andMe Sends Wrong DNA Test Results To 96 Customers

    Sending your spit sample to a startup may not seem like such a good idea, after all. On Friday, 23andMe, the company that allows consumers to get portions of their genome tested for a relatively modest fee, announced that “a number of new 23andMe customer samples were incorrectly processed” by the lab 23andMe contracts” to carry out its tests. This resulted in “up… Read More

  • 23AndMe Completes $27.8 Million Series B Round

    Personal genomics startup 23andMe has recently raised another $14.2 million to close out its $27.8 million Series B round, according to regulatory filings with the SEC. The filing indicates that the new funding is an amendment to the company’s previously reported raise of $11 million in May, which was followed by an additional $2.6 million in June. We’ve reached out to 23andMe… Read More

  • Layoffs Confirmed At 23andMe

    Personal genomics startup 23andMe has just gone through a round of layoffs, we’ve confirmed. The company declined to comment on how many people were laid off, but offered this statement: We have reduced our staffing levels in a restructuring of our workforce. This was a very difficult decision, but one that we felt was necessary to achieve 23andMe’s long-term business… Read More

  • 23andMe Founder Linda Avey Leaves To Start Alzheimer's Research Foundation

    Linda Avey, one of the two founders of personal genomics company 23andMe, is leaving the startup to start a new foundation dedicated to studying Alzheimer’s disease. Avey, who has been with the company for over three years, writes that the new foundation will make use of 23andMe’s research platform to “drive the formation of the world’s largest community of… Read More

  • 23andMe Agrees To Pay For Tweets If You #BlameDrewsCancer

    A couple months ago, we wrote about the site Blame Drew’s Cancer, which was hoping to utilize the Twitter phenomenon, and specifically the hashtagging of tweets, to raise both money and awareness for cancer. It has already garnered the support of Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG foundation, and now it has a new big-time player aboard to sponsor some tweets: 23andMe. The genetic… Read More

  • The Creepy 23andMe Zeppelin Is Still Circling My House. Go Away, Zeppelin.

    Update to last weekend’s breaking news about the creepy 23andMe zeppelin that’s been floating around my house. It was back again today. For all I know it’s been circling my house all week. What do you want, 23andMe zeppelin? I already bought a DNA kit. Go away. Video is below. Read More

  • 23andMe Launches $99 Kit To Spur Its 'Research Revolution'

    23andMe isn’t making too many headlines in tech circles any more, but there’s little doubt in my mind that it, or at least companies like it, will become incredibly important over the next decade or so. Affordable genetic testing will likely revolutionize the way we treat health care, and its effects on society will be profound. And well known celebrities like Sergey Brin… Read More

  • All In the Family: Sergey Brin Loans 23andme $10 Million And Google Ponies Up $2.6 Million

    Google is still tightly intertwined with 23andme, a company that helps consumers understand and decipher their genomes. 23andme has raised another $2.6 million from Google out of a total $24.26 million it is trying to raise in a Series B round of funding, according to regulatory filings. This brings the total amount raised from this round to $13.6 million, after May’s $11 million… Read More

  • While 23andMe Raises $11 Million, Mohr Davidow Sells Stake To Invest In Rival

    23andme, a company that helps consumers understand and decipher their genomes, has raised a partial $11 million out of a $24.26 million B round of funding, according to regulatory filings. 23andme, which was co-founded by Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s wife, Anne Wojcicki, raised $9 million in Series A funding from Google, Genentech, New Enterprise Associates, and Mohr Davidow Ventures… Read More

  • Why Did Sergey Brin Stop Blogging?

    Remember back in September 2008 when Google co-founder Sergey Brin started a personal blog? TechCrunch was the first to spot it, and it was interesting enough for the Wall Street Journal and the NY Times to pick up the story. Of course, it was the actual content of the second blog post (the one after the obligatory introduction one) that was the real story there. After all, an executive of… Read More

  • Sergey Brin Launches A Personal Blog, Talks About His Risk Of Parkinson's

    Google Cofounder Sergey Brin launched a personal blog today at too.blogspot.com. In his first blog post, he explains the blog name: “Welcome to my personal blog. While Google is a play on googol, too is a play on the much smaller number – two. It also means “in addition”, as this blog reflects my life outside of work.” In the second blog post, he gets a little… Read More

  • Ok, We Have Our First DNA-Based Dating Service: GenePartner

    It was only a matter of time before someone launched a dating site that looks for potential matches based on DNA compatibility. That time is apparently today with the launch of GenePartner (ok, it’s not the first, but it’s the cheapest). The Switzerland-based company says they can use a $199 DNA test (compare to $1,000 for 23andMe) to help you find your perfect match… Read More

  • Cease And Desist: California Tries to Unravel 23andMe's Genetic Testing

    California’s Department of Public Health has issued cease and desist letters to 13 genetic testing startups – most notably 23andMe, which Michael tried out earlier this year. The C&D’s are mandating that the labs demonstrate that they have been certified by both the state and federal government, and, perhaps more importantly, that all genetic tests were ordered by a… Read More

  • My 23andMe DNA Results

    I purchased a $1,000 23andMe DNA test back in December, spit in the tube when the kit arrived and, just a few weeks later got the results back. Yeah, its too bad I didn’t wait a month when I could have gotten a kit for free, but a lucky reader was able to get one instead. I promised to post the results so people can get an idea of what 23andMe is offering (without paying that fee), and… Read More

  • 1,000 Free 23andMe Kits For Davos Attendees (plus one for TechCrunch readers)

    At a dinner last night at the World Economic Forum in Davos, 23andMe founders Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki announced that they are providing 1,000 free 23andMe personal DNA testing kits to conference attendees. Damn, I thought, I already paid $1,000 (more) for my kit (so much for the benefits of being an early adopter). Rumor is the company is also sending 100 free kits to attendees of the… Read More

  • 23andMe Now Available In Europe, Canada

    23andMe, the consumer genetics testing company founded by Sergey Brin’s wife Anne Wojcicki, is now available in Europe and Canada. The service, which launched in November enables customers to search and discover whether their genes make them more predisposed to certain outcomes, such as cancer or other illnesses. Michael signed up for a 23andme kit in December. You can read his… Read More