Gene by Gene
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|Founder(s)||Bennett Greenspan and Max Blankfeld|
|Headquarters||Houston, TX, United States|
Gene by Gene is a commercial genetic testing company based in Houston, Texas. The company is owned by Bennett Greenspan and Max Blankfeld. It is best known as the parent company of Family Tree DNA.
Genealogy by Genetics, Ltd. was formed in 2000 with the creation of Family Tree DNA. In September 2012, Greenspan and Blankfeld restructured the company and renamed it Gene by Gene, Ltd. After restructuring, the business comprises four divisions. These are DNA DTC, DNA Findings, DNA Traits, and Family Tree DNA.
Family Tree DNA
The Genomics Research Center
|DNA Findings: NYSDOH accredited for relationship tests|
|DNA Findings: AABB accredited for relationship tests|
|DNA Traits:CLIA registered|
|FTDNA: US Department of Commerce Safe Harbor certification|
Family Tree DNA originally partnered with the University of Arizona for testing. However, Greenspan and Blankfeld started their own testing laboratory in Houston, Texas under the Genealogy by Genetics, Ltd. parent company in 2007. This is the Genomics Research Center (GRC). As at November 2012, the GRC had processed more than 5 million discrete DNA tests for more than 700,000 individuals and organizations. All public participation kits from the Genographic Project are currently processed at the GRC laboratory. In April 2013, Gene by Gene announced it had signed an agreement with the MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide instruction, training and supervision to the center's undergraduate molecular genetic technology students.
Greenspan and Blankfeld launched DNA Traits in 2008. In an interview in 2008, Greenspan said "Mendelian disorders are genealogy – we either have had a disaster in our families and therefore we know that someone carries the mutation, or they are hidden and depending upon whom we marry they might create a personal disaster for the family who is a carrier." DNA Traits offers CLIA regulated health diagnostic tests to identify genetic disorders and susceptibility to inherited diseases and other characteristics. DNA Traits serves certified medical professionals and researchers. DNA Findings certified relationship tests including paternity tests and siblingship tests. DNA DTC was created to serve both the Direct-To-Consumer (DTC) market and institutional clients such as life science companies, contract research organizations, academic institutions and public-sector research facilities.
Acquisition of Arpeggi, Inc.
In July of 2013, Gene by Gene acquired Austin based startup Arpeggi, Inc. Arpeggi's team of six was focused on building the best alignment and variant calling algorithms for next-generation sequencing data. Arpeggi's founders Jason Wang, Nir Leibovich, and David Mittelman joined Gene by Gene as Chief Technology Officer, Chief Business Officer, and Chief Scientific Officer respectively.
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