Does DNA Dating Pass the Genetic Sniff Test?

So, what’s in your genes? What might sound like a geeky, if not cheeky, pick-up line is a sign of our times. Apparently, DNA dating is a thing. We somehow missed this trend. Of course, based on our romancing skills—we are a bunch of MBAs, after all—we vaguely recall a website launched back around 2000 […]

AncestryDNA vs 23andMe vs FamilyTreeDNA vs Living DNA

AncestryDNA vs 23andMe vs FamilyTreeDNA vs Living DNA With the cost of gene sequencing plummeting each year, personal genetic tests are the latest fad with genetic test providers like Ancestry.com, 23andMe, Living DNA, and FamilyTreeDNA all competing to get their hands in your wallet provide you with amazing insights about your ancestors. With tests ranging from […]

CODIS – The World’s Largest DNA Database

Last week we wrote a piece on the topic of DNA privacy. When you buy a DNA testing service from any provider such as 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, and Ancestry DNA, you are agreeing to certain privacy rules that dictate what your genetic information can be used for. In some cases, you can opt-in for […]

DNA Testing Privacy Issues and Genetic Profiling

There’s a fascinating true-crime video on YouTube in which a high-ranking Canadian military officer is being questioned by a detective for multiple murders which he actually committed. During the interview, the detective tries to get him to spit out his gum and offers him a coffee. If the officer throws out his gum, or drinks […]

Ancestry Genetic Tests: AncestryDNA vs 23andMe

We wrote before about the DNA ancestry test offerings from 23andMe ($149 for international buyers and $199 for buyers in the U.S.) and AncestryDNA ($99) from Ancestry.com. Both of these companies have about the same number of people who have taken the test (1 million). Given that these two tests appear to offer about the same value […]

Ancestry.com and AncestryDNA Genetic Testing

In a previous article, we talked about DNA testing company 23andMe which can tell you all about your genetic makeup through a simple saliva test that you mail to the company. You can also choose to have 23andMe compare your DNA to the 1 million other people who have taken the same test to see if […]

23andMe: A $1 Billion DNA Ancestry Testing Company

A few years ago we first wrote about 23andMe, the genetic testing company co-founded by Anne Wojcicki, the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Backed by names such as Genentech, Google Ventures, and Johnson and Johnson, 23andMe has raised a total of $191 million which includes a $79 million funding round which they just closed last […]

23andMe Offers $99 Genetic Testing At Home

In previous articles, we discussed how the rapidly decreasing cost of DNA testing is enabling companies such as Foundation Medicine to offer genetic analysis that can help identify targeted oncology therapies.  In fact, Steve Jobs spent $100,000 to discover the genetic basis of the cancer that killed him and famously said: “I’m either going to […]