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FDA to 23andMe: Stop DNA testing

on November 25, 2013


23andMe has made a name for itself providing a service many people didn’t even know they needed: a complete DNA profile, including risk percentages for diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. But the FDA is putting a stop to the sales of the $99 kit that has made the company so successful, according to Bloomberg.

Since being founded in 2006, 23andMe has amassed more than $161 million in funding over four rounds, largely due to the vote of confidence the company received from Google. The relationship, of course, is no secret — 23andMe was started by Anne Wojcicki, Google founder Sergey Brin’s (now estranged) wife and the sister of long-time Google executive Susan Wokcicki. Still, it has proven to be attractive for other investors as well, garnering $50 million in Series D funding in 2012.

But the company’s run-in with the FDA could threaten the entire business, as the government…

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