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« Home DNA test results from the 5 million customers of 23andMe will now be used by drug giant GlaxoSmithKline to design new drugs, the two companies announce. »


@xavcc I'm trying to act surprised but I can't because the terms for those 'send us your spit in the post' services do say the sample can be used for whatever they want.
@thatbrickster @xavcc Yep. And how they like to get back at them raciss folk! So it doesn't surprise me.
@XavCC don't talk to or give your genetic code to strangers, this isn't hard.

One presumes that opting out of this is as simple as not buying the health-screening package. Or I can go find another genetic-history company, I guess, when I decide to blow $100 on a lark.

@XavCC "The company was founded by Linda Avey, Paul Cusenza and Anne Wojcicki in 2006 to provide genetic testing and interpretation to individual consumers. In 2007, #Google invested $3,900,000 in the company, along with Genentech, New Enterprise Associates, and Mohr Davidow Ventures. Wojcicki was married to Google co-founder Sergey Brin at the time."



Ok well done !

I'm running to wikify those informations now

I didn't realise 23andMe sold people's DNA. There but for the grace...

@XavCC I would not call myself a corporate apologist by any measure, but it may be worth noting that the process of sharing your results is opt-in

That is indeed a good point. But can we be satisfied with that alone? Especially when this one good point is coated with marketing to hide weaknesses?