Personal genetics company 23andMe launched a new online effort in late May to recruit its customers to participate in studies trying to shed additional light on genetic predispositions for certain diseases and adverse drug reactions.

The initiative, called 23andWe, aims to improve the quality of patient data that enter pharmacogenomic-based clinical trials organized by 23andMe; advance the development of tailored drugs; and encourage regulators and medical groups to use genetic information in their medical decision making.

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