Google-backed 23andMe will get public cash for DNA analysis
Genetic testing agency 23andMe won’t be on good phrases with the FDA, however it impressed the Nationwide Institutes of Well being sufficient for the company to provide it a $1.four million grant. The cash shall be used for a two-yr challenge that’ll enhance the agency’s net-based mostly genetic database and make knowledge out there (anonymously, that’s) to be used by exterior researchers. This may even permit the corporate to look into the affiliation between genes and well being circumstances, conduct extra in depth surveys to gather knowledge, amongst different issues that it particulars on its official announcement.
Have not heard of 23andMe earlier than? It calls itself a “private genetics firm” that sells DNA check kits and sends clients again their genetic ancestry info and uncooked genetic knowledge. It additionally used to concern well being reviews that point out how a lot you are in danger for a sure illness (most cancers, for example), however the FDA referred to as the reviews’ accuracy into query final yr. The corporate believes this new two-yr undertaking will finally result in worthwhile info on hundreds of illnesses and assist enhance illness detection and drug improvement.