23andMe is a personal genomics and biotechnology company based in Sunnyvale, California. It provides DNA testing and analysis services to help individuals understand their ancestry and personal health risks.
23andMe offers a variety of DNA testing services, including ancestry testing, health risk assessments, and carrier status tests.
The company uses a saliva sample for DNA analysis, which is then processed in a laboratory.
Results from 23andMe tests can provide information about a person's ancestry, including their ancestors' origins and familial connections.
The health risk assessments offered by 23andMe can provide information about a person's potential risk for certain genetic conditions.
23andMe also offers a feature called "DNA relatives," which allows users to connect with others who share DNA.
The company's database contains DNA information from over 10 million people.
23andMe has partnerships with several pharmaceutical companies to use its DNA data for research and drug development.
The company has received criticism for privacy concerns, particularly concerning the security and use of its customers' DNA data.
23andMe has been the subject of numerous studies and has contributed to genetics and personalized medicine advancements.
In 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 23andMe authorization to market its carrier status tests for a number of genetic conditions.