Shoko Takahashi founded the Japanese personal genome company Genequest in 2013 during her college years in The University of Tokyo. Genequest provides a web-based personal genetics service for the consumer and conjoins a large-scale genome research project with research institutions to maximize synergistic effect between research and personal genome services.
The Tokyo-based company screens some 300 genes contained in human saliva, and provides individual clients with information on risks and predispositions related to diabetes and other lifestyle diseases. Inquiries come from Japan, China and a number of other Asian countries.
Some of the researchers in the field have hypothesised that with the advances in gene-mapping leading to the perfection of the human genetic map, the average life of a human being could be extended by up to 400-500 years.