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23andMe Holding Co. is a publicly held personal genomics and biotechnology company based in South San Francisco, California.[1][2] It is best known for providing a direct-to-consumer genetic testing service in which customers provide a saliva sample that is laboratory analysed, using single nucleotide polymorphism genotyping,[3] to generate reports relating to the customer's ancestry and genetic predispositions to health-related topics. The company's name is derived from the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a diploid human cell.[4]

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23andMe Holding Co.
Nasdaq: ME
FoundedApril 2006; 17 years ago (2006-04)
United States
Key people
Anne Wojcicki (CEO)
Esther Dyson (board member)
ProductsDirect-to-consumer personal genome testing
Mobile application
ServicesGenetic testing, genealogical DNA testing, medical research
RevenueIncrease US$299 million (2023)
Decrease US$−324 million (2023)
Decrease US$−312 million (2023)
Total assetsDecrease US$943 million (2023)
Total equityDecrease US$714 million (2023)
Number of employees
816 (2023)
Footnotes / references
Financials as of March 31, 2023[1]

The company had a previously fraught relationship with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to its genetic health tests; as of October 2015, DNA tests ordered in the US include a revised health component, per FDA approval.[5][6] 23andMe has been selling a product with both ancestry and health-related components in Canada since October 2014,[7][8][9] and in the UK since December 2014.[10]

In 2007, 23andMe became the first company to begin offering autosomal DNA testing for ancestry, which all other major companies now use.[11] Its saliva-based direct-to-consumer genetic testing business was named "Invention of the Year" by Time in 2008.[12][13][14]