Founded by Linda Avey, Paul Cusenza, and Anne Wojcicki in 2006, 23andMe is a privately held personal genomic and biotechnology company that is based in Mountain View, California that provides genetic testing and interpretation to the public. Recently they have expanded their services to Canada and the United Kingdom and are now a global authority in DTC testing.
The name 23andme is aptly named after the 23 pairs of chromosomes found in a normal human cell, and first started offering DTC genetic testing in 2007 where customers would provide a saliva sample that is partially SNP genotyped and the results would then be posted online.
Its saliva based direct-to-customer (DTC) personal genome test was recognized as the Invention of the Year by Time Magazine in 2008 and as of 2014, the company has genotyped over 750,000 people.
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