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    23andMe reportedly no longer working on next-gen sequencing

    Major changes at 23andMe. Article leaves many unanswered questions.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/stephanieml...6l9#.lmdavzE1D

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    Perhaps they will be the next to join Helix. Leave the sequencing to Illumina and focus on their Business Model of selling studies to Big Pharma for Healthcare.

    http://www.businesswire.com/news/hom...ic-Mount-Sinai
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heber View Post
    Perhaps they will be the next to join Helix. Leave the sequencing to Illumina and focus on their Business Model of selling studies to Big Pharma for Healthcare.

    http://www.businesswire.com/news/hom...ic-Mount-Sinai
    They are no longer the 23andme we once knew. Now their aim is for offering trivial genetic variant information to the general public. It's not for us enthusiasts anymore.

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    Why 23andme Killed Its Next Generation Gene Sequencing Project

    Wojcicki had been working on developing a new technology that could extract much more information at rapid speeds and give more precise reports and advice to consumers. The problem was that 23andme is focused on giving information directly to consumers, not to their doctors, and the next gen information might have been too complex or too vague to fit that model, she said.

    “Genetics is complicated,” Wojcicki said at the Wall Street Journal‘s D Live conference. “As a company we are really focused on direct to consumer. Without a doubt we are a consumer product. We’re not going through a physician. There is no other company out there that is direct to consumer.”

    Many other companies are still focused on next generation sequencing, and Wojcicki said the technology could be useful to others with different business models. “Next generation sequencing is without a doubt the hot shiny object, but what you’re going to do with all that information is an incredibly complicated area to get into,” she said.

    http://fortune.com/2016/10/27/23andm...ne-sequencing/
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    Does this mean that they won't be so good at dealing with ancestry compositions anymore?

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    How much information will next generation sequencing be able to extract? It seems like they are talking about the whole genome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbsoluteZero View Post
    Does this mean that they won't be so good at dealing with ancestry compositions anymore?
    This decision has no bearing on the current method for ancestry composition, which compares you with reference populations typed for the same set of SNPs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huitzilopochtli View Post
    How much information will next generation sequencing be able to extract? It seems like they are talking about the whole genome.
    Yes, the article was about whole genome sequencing.

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