Google Genomics?

26 05 2007

Google takes stake in genomics info startup

STANFORD, California (Reuters) – Google Inc. has taken a small stake in a biotech company that was co-founded by the wife of one of Google’s founders, Sergey Brin, Google said in a U.S. regulatory filing on Tuesday.
Google said it had invested $3.9 million in the company, called 23andMe Inc., giving the Mountain View, California-based Google a minority stake in the start-up, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

About 23andMe:

23andMe is a privately held company developing new ways to help you make sense of your own genetic information.

Even though your body contains trillions of copies of your genome, you’ve likely never read any of it. Our goal is to connect you to the 23 paired volumes of your own genetic blueprint (plus your mitochondrial DNA), bringing you personal insight into ancestry, genealogy, and inherited traits. By connecting you to others, we can also help put your genome into the larger context of human commonality and diversity.

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The New Science of Sharing

15 03 2007

“Companies such as Novartis and Intel are at the forefront of Science 2.0 by encouraging open systems of collaboration. (…) The Novartis collaboration is just one example of a deep transformation in science and invention. Just as the Enlightenment ushered in a new organizational model of knowledge creation, the same technological and demographic forces that are turning the Web into a massive collaborative work space are helping to transform the realm of science into an increasingly open and collaborative endeavor. Yes, the Web was, in fact, invented as a way for scientists to share information. But advances in storage, bandwidth, software, and computing power are pushing collaboration to the next level. Call it Science 2.0.”

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