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If you've been reading this blog, you might already know that Jack is a big fan of 23 and Me, Google co-founder Sergey Brin's firm (co-founded with his wife) which lets people analyze and compare their own genetic makeup. Jack believes that the type of research being done by firms like 23 and Me is going to revolutionize medicine. We will definitely be following this one closely.

From Bloomberg Business Week:

Genetic test makers are defending their fledgling industry and arguing the benefits of marketing their disease-predicting kits directly to consumers before regulators from the Food and Drug Administration.

The two-day meeting will shape the regulation of technology that has attracted millions of dollars in venture capital investments, as well as skepticism from doctors and scientists.

Companies like 23andMe Inc., deCODE Genetics and Illumina Inc. sell saliva-based test kits that attempt to predict the likelihood of developing heritable diseases like breast cancer and Alzheimer's Disease.

The companies have marketed their services to consumers online for years, but in the last year the FDA has begun scrutinizing the technology for the first time.

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