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378. 23andMe (and You, and Everyone Else)

378. 23andMe (and You, and Everyone Else)

Update: 2019-05-1632


The revolution in home DNA testing is giving consumers important, possibly life-changing information. It’s also building a gigantic database that could lead to medical breakthroughs. But how will you deal with upsetting news? What if your privacy is compromised? And are you prepared to have your DNA monetized? We speak with Anne Wojcicki, founder and C.E.O. of 23andMe.

Comments (10)

James Morgan

I can't believe that more people aren't horrified by the thought of giving their genetic information to a corporation. At best this is opening the doors for insurance companies to discriminate on the basis of what health problems you MIGHT develop. But far more malevolent outcomes are easily imaginable. Anybody heard of eugenics?

Jun 26th

Patrick Scanlan

You let her off the hook on the privacy question. Same with the monetization issue. Seemed like you wanted to push harder, but didn't for whatever reason. A voluntary policy to never share your data is obviously conditional. And the condition in question is whether this GSK deal will keep an unprofitable firm in business.

May 29th

Aidan Gardiner

Why is monetizing illness perceived so negatively? Illness has costs, if drug companies can find a market by alleviating those costs through drugs, why is that bad? Drug development would be much slower without a profit motive. No one can afford to conduct massive research and development out of the goodness of their hearts. Just look at all the "good" cancer non-profits have done wasting money on administrative costs.

May 24th
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Marie Celeste

I found a half brother through 23andMe. All the negative sides of doing this were worth it to have him in our lives.

May 22nd

Michael Pemulis

Towards the end Ann was talking about finding meaning through genetic belonging and grouping, that does not sound very good. I understand that this podcast does not give guests a hard time, good and incisive question yes, but in this instance it really felt a bit like an add. More discussion of the edgy ethics board thing would have been much appreciated or maybe another interviewee with different (although not necessarily opposing) views.

May 16th

Alixe Leclercq

for real? getting a talk about how eating behavior is hard to change interrupted by an advertisement about how Coke and other soda provide sugar free options ... can you get more sarcastic?

May 16th
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378. 23andMe (and You, and Everyone Else)

378. 23andMe (and You, and Everyone Else)