Genetics Firm Plans Research Unit to Find Disease Cures

(BBC) – Personal genetics firm 23andMe is planning to use its database of health information to research possible cures for a range of diseases. Its new research group has appointed a head and will begin recruiting scientists next month. They will use the genetic data to help identify new therapies for common and rare diseases. Around 80% of 23andMe’s 875,000 customers have agreed that it can use their health data for medical research.

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