A few small changes in your DNA can turn your eyes blue, make you lactose intolerant or put some curl in your hair.

Anne Wojcicki

Anne Wojcicki

Profession: Entrepreneur
Nationality: American

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There's going to be space travel at some point.

People want to be in charge of health information. They want it available the same way online banking is available.

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.

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.

The pharma industry is one of the few industries that comes up every year and brags about how much worse they got - like, now it costs $2 billion to make a drug, and it was a billion 5 years ago.

I want the world's data accessible.

I first heard about 'genes' when I was six years old. At dinner one night, I heard my mom tell my sister, 'It's in your genes.'

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.

When Amazon emerged, people had these debates about whether people would put their credit cards online.

The paternalism of the medical industry is insane.

I believe that we all have freedom to shape our own life and the world around us.

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.

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.

If consumers were more empowered, they would take more responsibility for their health.