[APG Public List] [APG Members] Exciting New Dimension for DNAResearch

Scott Mueller scott at appletree.com
Sat Oct 31 14:49:57 MDT 2009

I realize I said the TechCrunch article was harsh, I meant the comments to
the article...

I'm just curious how big a market opportunity 23andme thinks their genealogy
services is and if they're going to focus on this or their staff cuts are
going to affect it.  Clearly, I think everyone agrees, decoding our genes to
find physical traits including risks for cancer is immensely valuable.
Personalized medicine and associated health benefits... this is the future.
But I read a lot about disappointed users given that we're basically just
not there yet.  On the other hand, I'm now reading about so many really
amazing stories of people successfully using 23andme ancestry and
relationship finder services.  This is something that is immediately
resonating with a lot of people.

On Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 1:07 PM, <JYoung6180 at aol.com> wrote:

>  I would say it all depends on what you are looking for what is more
> valuable. There are other companies that do the same type of testing as
> 23andme but they cost far more and I'm not sure they offer anything
> more--although I can't speak from personal experience.
> As for 23andme, they won Time Magazine's top award last year as the
> invention of the year.
> The work they are doing with the early onset breast cancer community (BRCA
> 1 and 2 genes) and the Parkinson's community is invaluable.
> Joan
>  In a message dated 10/31/2009 4:01:19 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> scott at appletree.com writes:
> That TechCrunch article is surprisingly harsh on 23andme.  Seemingly the
> only 2 positive comments were with 23andme's genealogical benefits.  I
> wonder which is more valuable to consumers, 23andme's physical traits
> results or their ancestry/relationship finder tools?

Scott Mueller
AppleTree - Family Tree of the World
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