Indian startup XCode reads your DNA to predict disease risks

Juggling a hectic career as a software professional with the demands of bringing up her child left Deepa (second name withheld to protect identity) with little time for personal health concerns, until the day a colleague at work collapsed due to a heart attack. Deeply disturbed by the incident, she was determined to find out the chances of suffering a similar fate.

“I used to spend 8-10 hours in front of the computer, and after this incident I realised that tracking my own health risk was crucial,” says the 34-year-old, who set about trying to find an affordable personal genomic assessment.

Her search led to Xcode, a Chennai-based startup that genetically tests saliva to determine a person’s tendency to develop certain illnesses and suggest preventive healthcare measures.

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