23andMe lands $22M to expand personal genetics research

Personal genetics company 23andMe has raised $22 million in a third round of funding, according to a filing with the SEC. Founded by Anne Wojcicki, wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, the company analyzes DNA to provide customers with personalized information on ancestry and genealogy.

Genetics roundup: The secrets of DNA, peering into Watson’s genome — and yawning, and more

What secrets lurk in the heart of DNA? — Didn’t the Human Genome Project answer that question? Think again. Last week, scientists involved in a project called Encode reported on a detailed analysis of one percent of the genome, and the findings have undercut a host of conventional wisdom about how genes and DNA work. Most notably, the Encode study suggests that much of the genome — the long stretches of seemingly inactive genetic “letters” surrounding functional genes, sometimes unfairly called “junk DNA” — is actually a beehive of complex and little-understood activity.