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23andMe, Inc. | Mountain View, CA
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Job Description

Experienced software engineers wanted! Solve challenging engineering problems that come with building a highly interactive website and manipulating large amounts of data in the background. Work within a small, fast-paced team that has a mix of veteran engineers and recent graduates. Enjoy a collaborative environment with small project teams working on a variety of tasks ranging from website development to genotype data processing. Come join us in our mission to be the world's trusted source of personal genetic information. ¨¨

Who we are

Since 2006, 23andMe's mission has been to help people access, understand, and benefit from the human genome. We are a group of passionate individuals pushing the boundaries of what's possible to help turn genetic insight into better health and personal understanding.

What you'll do
Design and implement new features and frameworks Participate in product development process Write unit and functional tests Solve performance and scalability problems What you'll bring
B.S. in Computer Science or a related field and a minimum of one year software team experience Working knowledge of Python and/or significant exposure to different programming languages and paradigms Ability to work with minimum supervision to deliver well-designed high-quality code on time Experience with LAMP stack web application development Experience with front-end technologies (HTML/CSS/JavaScript) Understanding of web security and cryptography concepts About Us¨

23andMe, Inc. is the leading personal genetics company. Founded in 2006, the mission of the company is to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. 23andMe has over 1 million customers worldwide with over 80 percent consented to participate in research. 23andMe, Inc. is located in Mountain View, CA. More information is available at www.23andMe.com .

About 23andMe, Inc.

We support the Subcommittee and FDA in the effort to create an improved regulatory framework for genetic testing. We are already working with FDA, NIH, and other organizations to strengthen regulations for all laboratory testing, including genetic testing. Indeed, we first met with the FDA in 2007, before we ever offered our service to consumers. Thereafter, in 2008, we met with FDA Commissioner von Eschenbach and his staff, and they encouraged us to proceed. We have had ongoing discussions with FDA since that time. Tomorrow, we will present our regulatory proposal to the FDA. Our plan takes into account rapid technological innovation and ensures the analytical and clinical validity of all laboratory tests. In addition, we think new regulations should provide transparency across the industry so that consumers know what they are getting from the services they choose. At the heart of any new regulations should be the requirement that DTC genetic companies operate at the highest levels of science and ethics. 23andMe grounds its service in several core elements: informed consent and strong privacy protections; educating customers about personal considerations they should take into account when using our service; educating customers and providing full transparency about the science behind our service; and recommending that, if customers have questions about their results, they should coordinate with their physicians or a genetic counselor. Indeed, we are proud that, in 2008, our company's DNA-testing service was selected by TIME Magazine as the number one "Invention of the Year." One of 23andMe's core missions is the development of innovative solutions for accelerating genetic research. Our database is one of the largest collections of genetic and health information in existence, and has already led to published discoveries. We are currently working with the Parkinson's Institute on research aimed at discovering the genetic factors underlying Parkinson's disease. We are proud to have with us today the head of the Parkinson's Institute, Dr. William Langston, one of the leading Parkinson's researchers in America. We appreciate the concerns that people who receive DTC genetic information could make harmful decisions without consulting a physician, or could be lulled into inaction based on their results. However, we have seen neither data nor scientific literature to support this view. Indeed, the current scientific literature, combined with our own experience, shows that people do not take rash or unconsidered actions. Moreover, 23andMe's service is consistent with the FDA's long history of approving at-home, over-the-counter laboratory tests for HIV, hepatitis, and other diseases, in addition to permitting consumers direct access to tests for other conditions, such as high cholesterol and pregnancy. We believe the current regulatory landscape is ready for improvement, and we welcome your interest and leadership in this area. Thank you, and I look forward to your questions.