Despite the fact that we launched our test first – so we basically invented this, and also 23andMe is using a substantial number of sequence variants that we discovered. So we feel flattered by the fact that our test was selected as the invention of the year by Time magazine. We are amused by the fact that they decided to ascribe the invention to 23andMe, probably because its founder is associated with the rich and famous.
From an article in Bio-IT World on deCODE’s growing financial woes. Here’s the company’s stock price over the last twelve months:
I genuinely hope that deCODE manages to climb out of this particular financial pit – the loss of this company would put a major dent in the diversity of the personal genomics sector (effectively granting 23andMe a monopoly, at least temporarily) and would also be a blow to human genetics research in general. If you’re unaware of just how much of the recent boom in large-scale human genetics has been due to deCODE, try a PubMed search for “stefansson k”.