If you are worried about social media and websites having too much access to your digital information (ahem, Ashley Madison), imagine a tech giant getting access to your very DNA.
A division of Google with ties to Apple and the family tree website Ancestry.com has amassed 1 million DNA samples it plans to sequence in an effort to uncover which genes promote longevity.
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Google and Apple want your genes!
The DNA samples were submitted by people who purchased $99 DNA testing kits from Ancestry.com to help them research their family trees.
In a report on Bloomberg.com, a biotechnology firm called Calico aims to take a ‘moonshot’ approach to improving the lives of millions of people by assembling a database of genetic material that could provide clues to why some people live longer than others.
Calico, which is short for California Life Sciences LLC, is owned by Google Inc., and has direct ties to Apple. The company is helmed by Apple chairman Arthur Levinson.
In a blog post, Google CEO Larry Page said he could think of no one better than ‘Art’ to lead the venture, calling him one of the ‘leading scientists, entrepreneurs and CEOS of our generation.’
Ancestry.com is no small potatoes company itself. The company reported $619.5 million in revenue last year.