Calico Teams With Ancestry.com

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Calico Teams With Ancestry.com

From press release:

“AncestryDNA, an industry leader in consumer genetics, and Calico, a company focused on longevity research and therapeutics, today announced an effort to investigate human heredity of lifespan. Together, they will evaluate anonymized data from millions of public family trees and a growing database of over one million genetic samples. Financial terms have not been disclosed.

AncestryDNA and Calico will work together to analyze and investigate the role of genetics and its influences in families experiencing unusual longevity using Ancestry’s proprietary databases, tools and algorithms. Calico will then focus its efforts to develop and commercialize any potential therapeutics that emerge from the analysis.” Full release

Coverage:

MedCityNews: Understanding aging: Ancestry.com teams with Google’s Calico
“Ancestry.com has a new health focus underway: Aging. The popular genealogical company is working with Calico, a secretive Google-funded startup focused on longevity research and therapeutics. The two will study the human heredity aspects of lifespan. This comes right on the heels of Ancestry’s announcement just last week that it’s entering healthcare – building out a new arm, AncestryHealth, whose first offering is a tool to track hereditary disease.” Full article

GEN: Google-backed Calico, AncestryDNA to Study Genetics of Human Lifespan
“We have laid the groundwork for this effort through the combination of an unmatched family history database, one of the fastest growing genetic databases, and a strong and talented team of computer scientists and professional genealogists,” Ken Chahine, evp and head of DNA and health for AncestryDNA, said in a statement. Calico will follow up on the study by focusing its efforts on developing and commercializing any potential therapeutics that emerge from the analysis, the companies said.” Full article

Bloomberg: Google’s Calico to Scour Ancestry.com Data for Longevity Genes
“Closely held Ancestry.com reported $619.5 million in revenue last year. Chahine wasn’t able to say how much the DNA kit sales contributed to revenue. The companies declined to disclose the financial terms of the deal.” Full article

Wired: Another Personal Genetics Company Is Sharing Client Data
“This collaboration is one of a few recent partnerships between personal genetics companies and pharma-minded businesses. In January, the beleaguered 23andMe announced that it would share anonymized data on 650,000 of its customers with Pfizer, as well as sequence the full genomes of 3,000 people with Parkinson’s in a bid to develop a drug with Genentech. The logic behind these partnerships is clear: Companies like 23andMe and AncestryDNA have spent years getting people to swab the inside of their cheeks and spit into vials, and all of those samples are valuable.” Full article

Fusion: The companies competing to help you beat death
“Ancestry and Calico aren’t the first to try to tease out why some people are blessed with a super long life. A search for “longevity and aging” in the biomedical research database Pubmed yields more than 19,000 results. Earlier this month, the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) published a study in which researchers founds that the rate at which people age varies widely. Stuart Kim at Stanford has an ongoing project on extreme longevity that involves sequencing the genomes of supercentenarians, people who live 110 years or more.” Full article

July 21st, 2015|
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