Author: Sarah Buhr

EverlyWell rolls out three new DNA-based products for food sensitivity, metabolism and breast milk

TECHCRUNCH There’s a lot going on in commercial DNA testing beyond what eye color you have or where your mitochondria comes from these days and at-home lab testing startup EverlyWell hopes to cash in. The startup has launched three new products today, based on your DNA to help get it there, including a food sensitivity test, DNA factors for your metabolism and breast milk DHA. Food Sensitivity+ ($249): Measure sensitivity to foods and the impact DNA may have on the ability to digest certain foods and nutrients. Metabolism+ ($149): Check current hormone levels and learn how DNA factors may...

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Lyft launches a new self-driving division and will develop its own autonomous ride-hailing technology

TECHCRUNCH Lyft is betting the future of the road centers on sharing autonomous vehicles. It aims to be at the forefront of that technology with a new self-driving division and a self-driving system vehicle manufacturers could integrate into their self-driving cars. The company expects to hire “hundreds” of people for the new division by the end of the year and has just signed a lease for 50,000-square-feet on the first floor of a Palo Alto facility where it plans to build out several labs and open testing spaces. The building Lyft refers to as “Level 5” will be developing...

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Doggie DNA startup Embark raises $4.5 million in seed to find your puppy’s breed

TECHCRUNCH Ever wanted to know the genetic mix of your mutt? Embark, a doggie DNA startup has raised $4.5 million in seed to expand its offering of genetic kits for your pup’s pedigree. Embark launched in Austin, Texas two years ago with its “Embark Dog DNA Test Kit” that tell dog owners their pet’s pedigree, where in the world their dog comes from and if they have a genetic variant for one of more than 100 genetically inherited diseases. The company partners with Cornell University to test for over 200,000 genetic markers so owners can better understand their dog’s health,...

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Every member of Hampton Creek’s board has stepped down except for the CEO

TECHCRUNCH Hampton Creek is in the news again — and not for the reasons it would like to be. Hampton Creek’s entire board of directors have left, except for CEO Josh Tetrick. Five board members left just in the last month after some serious disagreement with how Tetrick was running things, according to Bloomberg, which first reported the departures. They include Bon Appétit Management Co. co-founder and CEO Fedele Bauccio, former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Google DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman, Khosla Ventures partner Samir Kaul, and Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing’s Horizon Ventures representative Bart Swanson. Salesforce CEO Marc...

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Apple aims to get an iPad in the hands of every hospital patient

TECHCRUNCH Apple has made great strides in health in the last few years and if it gets its way, there will be an iPad in the hands of every hospital patient. It’s already started with a smattering of hospitals around the U.S. including Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego, MetroSouth Medical Center in Chicago and about a year ago at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. Earlier this week, I went down to L.A. to take a tour of Cedars-Sinai‘s pilot program allowing patients direct access to their vitals, care team and educational tools through iPads. Doctors are already adept...

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Google’s life sciences unit is releasing 20 million bacteria-infected mosquitoes in Fresno

TECHCRUNCH Verily, the life science’s arm of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has hatched a plan to release about 20 million lab-made, bacteria-infected mosquitos upon Fresno, California — and that’s a good thing! You see, the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito is prevalent in the area. Earlier this year, a woman contracted the first confirmed case of Zika in Fresno through sexual contact with a partner who had been traveling. Now there’s the fear of most likely inevitable mosquito meets patient if we don’t do something about it. Verily’s plan, called the Debug Project, hopes to now wipe out this potential...

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‘Quora for cancer’ startup theMednet raises $1.3 million in seed funding

TECHCRUNCH theMednet launched out of Y Combinator earlier this year to bring physicians a sophisticated platform for finding the best in treatment research, starting with cancer. It has now raised $1.5 million in seed to help it reach even more of those physicians. The funding comes from Endure Capital, Lumia Capital, The Hope Foundation, the Bonnie J. Adario Lung Cancer Foundation and a bunch of angel investors including Quora’s Charlie Cheever, Scribd’s Jared Friedman, YC partner Paul Buchheit and Science’s Peter Pham. Co-founders Nadine Housri, a radiation oncologist, and her brother CEO Samir Housri told TechCrunch previously theMednet had raised...

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Google adds salon and spa bookings through Maps and Search

TECHCRUNCH Look out StyleSeat and other salon booking apps, starting today Google will let people book hair and spa appointments. “So that fresh haircut or palm tree-green mani is only a couple taps away,” a post on Google’s blog tells us. The addition is an expansion through Reserve with Google, which rolled out a feature last year to book wellness and fitness classes right from a business listing within Search and Maps. Google has since partnered with several salons and spas to give us the same options there. Booking is pretty simple and you can do it a couple different ways. You can do it by going to Maps, searching for the salon and then booking straight from there. It’s the same process if you go to Search. Another, but less convenient way, is to go to Reserve with Google’s site and typing in the salon or spa there. The addition seems pretty convenient for users and keeps them on the Google platform but also helps the search giant collect a bunch of data about where we are going and what we are doing with our...

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