Knowing these mutations will help doctors create personalized treatments based on a patient’s genetic code.
“That is amazing,” David said upon hearing the news. “Alright. Cousin Bernie.”
“You’ve gotta go for what you love, and not look back thirty years, forty years later and say, ‘I never tried,’” Rosbash said. “You gotta try.”
23andMe made its name in direct-to-consumer ancestry tests; now it plans to use the data it’s collected to help pharma companies develop new drugs.
From a Jewish perspective, genetics are much less important than people think they are.
Marketing the sensational has always been a feature of 23andMe’s strategy that has gained it injunctions from regulatory bodies.
“When you have the whole genome, we can predict a photograph, your height, your weight, your eye color,” said Craig Venter.
The Wirecutter’s decision not to recommend 23andMe had to do with how the company collects biomedical data about its customers.
“I always rejected the Khazar theory. Perhaps there’s some truth to it,” Richard Spencer tweeted.
That theory was debunked in a 2013 paper co-written by 30 geneticists from the United States, Russia, Israel and elsewhere.