Re: Virgin buys 23andMe #announcements

Jill Whitehead

Virgin has diverse interests - in the UK these range from Virgin Internet (my internet provider), to Virgin Airlines, Virgin Railways, and at one time Virgin Record stores (some of these businesses are now defunct), and more besides etc, etc. Richard Branson's latest activity is to try and launch himself into space, a development from Virgin Airlines. This is a global conglomerate, so Virgin's interests would be worldwide. 

There seems to be a lot of globalization going on in the DNA world - FTDNA joining up with an Aussie company, Ancestry taking on a British Chairman in Mark Thompson etc. It would not be surprising if some of these developments were due to Covid 19 where genetic sequencing is the big thing. 50% of worldwide genetic sequencing for Covid 19 takes place in the UK at present. Covid 19 seems to be leading to a lot of changes.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

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