I have mothers with small children come to me and say, 'You found that I had early breast cancer - because of you, I don't have cancer.' You've just prevented that person from dying early, and to prevent an early, unnecessary death is incredibly meaningful.

Anne Wojcicki

Anne Wojcicki

Profession: Entrepreneur
Nationality: American

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I still meet old-school scientists who are like, 'Oh honey, women aren't good at science.' You kind of dismiss them as insane.

We don't have enough data about how lifestyle decisions impact our health.

It doesn't matter how rich or poor you are: when you're sick, you want the exact same thing.

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%.'

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

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

One of the best aspects of health care reform is it starts to emphasize prevention.

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

Obesity is awesome from a Wall Street perspective. It's not just one disease - there are all sorts of related diseases to profit from.

We care a lot more about not having the disease than treating it.

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

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

When you have a laser focus, and you get distracted by what other people say, you can lose that laser focus.

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.