There's massive government initiatives going around the world, and you see that there's a real enthusiasm for genetics.

I like company lunches because I think going out wastes valuable time; plus, a lot of good ideas come up over lunch.

Data helps solve problems.

Our approach to medicine is very 19th-century. We are still in the dark ages. We really need to get to the molecular level so that we are no longer groping about in the dark.

Being able to do research in a real-time way is the way research needs to be done in the future.

The goal of having more and more information is really to better be able to predict what is your health outcome going to be.

All the kids from my nursery school are still in touch.

There are a lot of people in D.C. who have never been on Twitter or Facebook and don't get what's happening.

There's nothing worse than walking into a hospital and seeing people sick and miserable and having a horrible treatment.

I think it's important to have flexibility to work wherever is best for you. I actually encourage people to work at the cafe - or from home or wherever works best for them.

I do believe at some point in time everyone will be genotyped at birth.

Most medications don't work effectively for a lot people.

When I graduated from college in 1996 and the Internet was taking off, I remember this feeling that there was an open range where anything could be built.

There's clearly things you can do in your environment to try to prevent disease, and I want to know what those things are.

If you are somebody who has a disease, you are not complaining when someone starts to do work for you. That is your hope.

One of the most exciting aspects of 23andMe is that we're enabling you to watch a revolution unfold live during your lifetime, and I think that the decoding of the genome, in my opinion, is the most fascinating discovery of our lifetime, and you get to be part of it.

The fact that my environment influences my life so much - and that my environment is in my control - gives me a great sense of empowerment over my health and my life.

Nobody can quantify for you what's the impact of eating fiber every day, for instance. We can say we think it's good. But some people might say 'Oh, it reduces your risk of colon cancer by 20%, some people might say it reduces your risk by 25%.'

We should revel in tons and tons and tons of ideas. Some of them will manifest and lead to a drug discovery, and some will not.

People are used to dealing with risk.

I think that the idea of people wanting to steal your genome remains a little bit in the world of science fiction. It's a new technology, and it's new science that people are becoming familiar with. It's critical for us to do everything we can to enable the privacy level that people want.

My mom was a problem solver.

There's nothing more raw in life than when you're sick.

Being the first FDA-authorized direct-to-consumer genetic test out there is revolutionary.

I get parking tickets all the time.

Traditionally, when you talk to people who have Parkinson's or Alzheimer's, they'll talk about how they're in five or six studies, and they've been sequenced by each study. That's just fat in the system. Just have a single data set that then you can share. You can make the entire system more efficient.

I think the biggest problem in clinical trials is that they are underpowered. And that fundamentally, the studies are just too small.

I think that for people who are trying to make a difference, you have to start the company being naive. You wouldn't do it if you understood all the work. I work a lot. I wish it was easier.

One of the big drivers for me is that health care is a very elitist system. As much as we try to make it free and democratic for all, the reality is that it's expensive and not all therapies are accessible to all people. So I have been very focused on making sure that we democratize genetic information so it's available to everyone.

Knowing your genetic health risks will help you make better decisions.

It's one of the things I want people to understand about science... You don't have to be the best person in the world at it. But you can be good, and there are so many different opportunities in science.

I was really raised in a gender-neutral household. I always knew I was a girl, but it never occurred to me that there was a limitation.

I tried to minimize exposure to technology before two. After that, I've taught the kids to use devices in moderation. It's important for them to learn how to control their behaviour themselves. Simply restricting access makes them want it more.

My sister learned she was a carrier for a recessive disease, Bloom syndrome, late in one of her pregnancies. I remember the panicked call and the weeks of worry as she and her husband awaited his test results; if he was also a carrier, this meant their daughter had a one in four chance of being born with the disorder.

I feel that gender balance in the work environment is actually the best recipe for success.

The world needs more social innovations.

There's not enough competition and innovation in healthcare.

I hope that Los Altos is one of the first cities to have self-driving cars, and if that's true, well, awesome, because there's a lot of parking lots that we could get rid of and use for parks. That would be amazing!

I grew up with my mom being very, very cheap, so when it's free, I'm like, 'Oh my God, it's free - I have to take as much as I can!'

I'm action-oriented.

It's interesting: I think, genetically, there are people who need different things, like exercise. I need the exercise, others not so much, and I think more and more, we'll start to understand why people's bodies function in certain ways.

Our understanding of how DNA informs our health and development is advancing at an incredible pace.

I think we're just scratching the surface. One of the most exciting aspects of 23andMe is that we're enabling you to watch a revolution unfold live during your lifetime, and I think that the decoding of the genome, in my opinion, is the most fascinating discovery of our lifetime, and you get to be part of it.

People are used to dealing with risk. You are told if you smoke, you are at higher risk of lung cancer. And I think people are able to also understand, when they are told they are a carrier for a genetic disease, that is not a risk to them personally but something that they could pass on to children.

One of the things that got me interested in genetics was the relationship between genes and environment. We are all dealt a certain deck of cards, but our environment can influence the outcomes.

If you don't read it, you don't know. I mean, that's why I have a PR team. They read it and tell me if there's something, and that keeps you focused. I know my family and me well enough; why do I need to read about myself? I'm not going to change, I'm very stubborn in this way. I am what I am.

When you try new things, you will make mistakes. That's OK.

Incorporating genetics into a platform with the reach of ResearchKit will accelerate insights into illness and disease even further.

Some genetic variants can be informative about one's risk for Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.