AccessDNA, the Expedia of Genetic Testing

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dana oshiro Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img It seems aggregation services aren’t just a viable business in the travel and web-media worlds. AccessDNA offers users a chance to compare genetic test providers like 23andMe and Navigenics. Users receive a Expedia-like experience when inquiring about tests on anemia, cancer and ancestral lineage. While the company appears to be a surprising step away from CEO Lee Essner’s former life at Wedding Channel, the business models are incredibly similar. As a former executive at the Wedding Channel, Essner saw how family-driven lead generation could make a successful business. The company not only made money when brides purchased services through the site, but also when family members were forwarded travel deals and gift registry links. The company was so successful that it was acquired by popular wedding network The Knot. AccessDNA works based on a similar model. Says Essner, “As you can imagine, there is a very strong family connection relative to a person’s genetics. Ultimately we want to also help families understand their risks by getting a user to share, communicate, and discuss those genetic risks that are within the family and have everyone get access to the right testing or services.”Users start by outlining areas of interest including baby gender testing, genetics and alcohol and even paternity relationships. From here the test moves on to more personal questions like whether or not you have a family history of cancer. In the end you are presented with a personalized genetic report and a list of service providers related to each of your areas of interest or risk. Based on the fact that few users will know their family medical history beyond 3 generations, we can see why individuals would want to share tests amongst family members. Although AccessDNA has a sound business model, it doesn’t mean that Essner isn’t passionate about it. The CEO started the company after his pregnant wife was forced to seek a genetic counselor due to a complex family history. Says Essner, “We got testing, but I felt that I had special access to these types of services because I lived in a big city and went to a quality OBGYN. With so few genetic professionals in the U.S. and all these online services emerging, I felt it was important to help consumers get access to the best services for them. My genetic counselor actually left Genzyme to help me start AccessDNA.”To test the service visit AccessDNA.com. Related Posts Tags:#start#startups last_img read more

NGT bans camping activities within 100 m of Ganga in Uttarakhand

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday ordered a ban on camping activities within 100 metres of the Ganga. A Bench headed by chairperson Swatanter Kumar said the ban will be imposed from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.There are 33 beaches along the Ganga.Activist Vikrant Tongad had moved the NGT against camping along the river. He had contended that camping and river rafting, when done without any regulations, would disturb the environment.He highlighted that people who had camped along the river disposed of waste in the river and also left behind glass and plastic bottles on the banks.last_img read more

HC issues notice over defective VVPAT, EVMs

first_imgActing on a petition filed by the Congress, the Gujarat High Court on Monday issued a notice to the Election Commission of India (ECI) and the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Gujarat over defective EVMs and VVPAT units detected during checks held before the Assembly polls.The Congress had demanded that defective Electronic Voting Machines and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail units be sealed and not used during State polls scheduled to be held on December 9 and 14.The party said that around 7% of the 70,182 VVPAT units were found to be defective during first-level checks ahead of polls.A Division Bench of Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice A.J. Kogje issued the notice and asked the ECI and the CEO to submit a response by November 13.last_img read more

‘Anti-incumbency worked against BJP in Haryana Assembly polls’

first_imgPolitical analysts see a strong undercurrent against the incumbent Manohar Lal Khattar-led government in Haryana working against the ruling BJP, yielding it a figure way below the halfway mark in the 90-member State Assembly. The party was left red-faced after eight of its 12 Ministers excluding the Chief Minister lost the election.“Anti-incumbency did play a role. There was surely an undercurrent against the government, which has been reflected in the loss of sitting Ministers,” said Ashutosh Kumar, professor of political science at Panjab University. He said the BJP needs to realise that in the long run, it needs to take local issues and local governance into consideration. “How long would national issues or the popularity of its national leader help? The defeat of the Cabinet Ministers shows the Khattar government in poor light,” said Mr. Kumar.Vijay Chauhan, assistant professor at the Department of Political Science at Dyal Singh College in Karnal, also attested to the election results proving that there was an anti-incumbency factor at work. “Local issues, economic issues and caste calculations played a major role in comparison to national issues such as nationalism and national security in this election,” he said.Mr. Chauhan said the ruling party also failed to polarise the electorate along Jat and non-Jat lines having given 20 tickets to candidates from the community despite largely being tagged as a non-Jat party. BJP rebelsHe also pointed out that as many as five of the seven Independent candidates who have won are BJP rebels. “This shows that the BJP’s ticket distribution process had some faults. In the 2014 election, the party made a virtual clean sweep in north Haryana’s 27 Assembly seats but this time it failed to retain its position in the region,” said Mr. Chauhan.last_img read more

PBA: San Miguel dumps Meralco for back to back wins

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO, Philippines – Displaying razor-sharp form for the second straight game, four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer scored a thorough 105-93 thumping of Meralco Friday night in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at Ynares Center here.The Beermen peeled away from a tight first quarter with timely outside hits and the inside dominance of June Mar Fajardo and Christian Standhardinger as San Miguel climbed up in the standings at 2-1 while dealing the Bolts the second loss in three games.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ONE: Elias Mahmoudi, Hiroaki Suzuki pull off wins in Muay Thai Super Series Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Marcio Lassiter hit five triples on the way to 25 points, with Fajardo and Arwind Santos completing double-doubles with a combined 32 points and 21 rebounds.There were only three players in twin digits for the Bolts, who were led by the 13 points of John Pinto.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

Hotshots hold fort in tight finish to thwart rallying Beermen in Game 1

first_imgView comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Anthony, Stanley Pringle and Moala Tautuaa and TNT KaTropa gunner RR Pogoy completingthe list of candidates—the top five players in the SP derby—from which voters will choose from.Fajardo led the field with an average of 41.4 SPs per game.The scores:MAGNOLIA 99—Lee 18, Sangalang 17, Barroca 17, Jalalon 16, Reavis 12, Melton 11, Ramos 4, Dela Rosa 4, Pascual 0, Brondial 0, Simon 0.SAN MIGUEL 94—Fajardo 35, Cabagnot 18, Santos 13, Pessumal 11, Romeo 8, Ross 5, Ganuelas-Rosser 2, Standhardinger 2, Nabong 0, Lassiter 0.Quarters: 34-30, 52-55, 80-73, 99-94.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fajardo, who stands to win a record sixth straight Best Player of the Conference award before Game 4 next week, had 35 points and 21 rebounds for San Miguel.Alex Cabagnot had 18 and Arwind Santos 12 points and 15 rebounds for San Miguel, which is shooting to win this tournament for an unprecedented fifth straight time.Fajardo, meanwhile, stayed well ahead of everyone in the statistical points race through the end of the semifinals, giving him the inside track for the BPC.Curiously, the 6-foot-10 center is the only member of the powerhouse San Miguel team tomake the lost of candidates, with NorthPort’s Big Three of SeanADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “I talked to my players at halftime and told them that we can’t beat San Miguel in an offensive game, and that we can’t stray away from our identity,” coach Chito Victolero said.“I’m happy that they responded to my challenge to play defense in the second half. And we’re able to limit them under a hundred points. And that’s the key.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Hotshots did all the right things in the stretch, surviving June Mar Fajardo’s mammoth game for the psychological edge going into Fridays Game 2.Ian Sangalang had 17 points and 12 rebounds and held his own against Fajardo when the going was roughest as Magnolia, like it did in these Finals last season, also won the series opener. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Magnolia’s defense was at its unflinching best when it mattered and the Hotshots gutted out a 99-94 victory over San Miguel Beer in Game 1 of their PBA Philippine Cup title series on Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Orphaned high jumper has message to parents: ‘I am special’ LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READlast_img read more

Finance Minister Says Government Will Continue to Protect the Poor

first_img Opening the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 8, the Minister said social programmes for protected groups will continue to receive priority with respect to the allocation of resources, to ensure that overall spending in these areas is not eroded by inflation. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government remains committed to protecting the poor and vulnerable in the society. “We will continue, in fiscal year 2018/19, to strengthen the social safety net to ensure that these vulnerable persons are not left behind,” Mr. Shaw said. Story Highlights Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government remains committed to protecting the poor and vulnerable in the society.Opening the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 8, the Minister said social programmes for protected groups will continue to receive priority with respect to the allocation of resources, to ensure that overall spending in these areas is not eroded by inflation.Included are programmes for youth employment, poor relief, children’s homes and places of safety, school feeding, the elderly, and pregnant and lactating women.“We will continue, in fiscal year 2018/19, to strengthen the social safety net to ensure that these vulnerable persons are not left behind,” Mr. Shaw said.He noted that special attention is being placed on the Programme of Advancment Through Health and Education (PATH), which targets some of the most vulnerable segments of the population – children and students aged zero to 19 years; the adult poor, including the disabled, elderly, pregnant and lactating mothers and the destitute – and the Steps-to-Work Initiative, which targets working-age members of PATH for referral to relevant support services to enable them to seek and retain employment.Mr. Shaw said the programmes have the goal of breaking the chain of inter-generational poverty, adding that this is being achieved by ensuring that the next generation has better tools and better health prospects than their parents.“It also provides for support for those parents who need targeted social interventions to improve their living standards,” the Minister said.Mr. Shaw’s presentation was made under the theme ‘Stability, Growth and Prosperity – Our Goal, Our Responsibility’.last_img read more

Huge discounts on smartphones as Kilimall and Huawei launch Mobile Road Show

first_imgAdvertisement Kilimall, Uganda’s fastest growing online shopping mall and Huawei are bringing the biggest smartphone variety discount sales in the Huawei Mobile Road Show this Friday 21st – Saturday 22nd October at Game Stores – Lugogo.The Huawei Mobile Road Show will offer the widest variety of Huawei Phones at the best discounts on the market ever. The flagship Huawei P8 smartphone got discounted down to UGX 1,200,000 only from UGX 1,590,000 whereas the brilliant phablet in the Huawei Mate 7 is selling at a stunning UGX 1,360,000 up from UGX 1,720,000.Kilimall Uganda Managing Director, Wang Chengyang says, “In order to thank the clients at Uganda market, especially the clients who like online shopping, the discount season will be started from now to the end of Road Show, the clients can visit the special page for this event to buy those Huawei phones http://www.kilimall.co.ug/index.php?act=cms&id=12.” – Advertisement – Other Huawei smartphones with huge discount include the Huawei Y3C, the Huawei, Huawei Y5C, and the Huawei P7.[related-posts]Kilimall was founded in Kenya in June 2014 and launched in Uganda at the end of May 2016, after several months of operation. The number of orders Kilimall Uganda gets every day is leading in all e-commerce companies in Uganda.last_img read more