23andMe

Nima Hejazi

4 minute read

In recent years, the growing trend of personal genomics has spawned its own industry, with several companies now offering to sequence the genomes of individuals, with some even providing health analytics and ancestry information. A couple years ago, I sent a sample of my own DNA (via saliva) to 23andMe, Inc.; this sample was then used to perform sequencing on single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in my genome – and to provide me with a wealth of information about potential disease risks and ancestry.