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23andMe database surpasses 100,000 users
Date:6/15/2011

edical conditions, and discovered several new genetic variants associated with Parkinson's disease.

With more than 5,000 participants, 23andMe's Parkinson's Research Community represents one of the largest Parkinson's studies in the world. Its Sarcoma Research Community of more than 500 participants is one of the world's largest groups of individuals with this rare disease. The 23andMe research model is also being applied in other areas including a recently-launched NIH-funded study into how genetics affects individual response to common medications.

"23andMe has created an entirely new model for conducting research which we believe could significantly impact the speed of scientific discoveries going forward," added Ms. Wojcicki. "In a short time, our customers have already helped us gain new genetic insights. Thank you to all our customers for enabling leading researchers around the world to accelerate their own studies. We look forward to an exciting future of important and meaningful research discoveries."

23andMe additionally noted that 45 is the average age of its users, 57% of its users are male, 47% are sharing their data with other users and 12% have multiple ancestries representing heritage from over 177 countries from Azerbaijan to Zambia. The 23andMe community forums currently have over 100,000 posts and more than 60,000 pairs of relatives have been discovered among users using 23andMe's unique Relative Finder feature.


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Contact: Jane E. Rubinstein
jrubinstein@rubenstein.com
212-843-8287
23andMe Inc.
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