23andMe is hiring — 3 suggestions about the company's growth

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23andMe has 80 job openings posted on its website, offering insight into the popular direct-to-consumer DNA testing company's focus and areas for growth.

Antonio Regalado, senior writer for biomedicine at MIT Technology Review, first pointed out 23andMe's long list of job openings on Twitter.

23andMe offers two flagship products: a $99 ancestry test and a $199 ancestry and health test. On its website, the company says it seeks employees who are "committed to our vision of helping people access and learn from their genetic data."

The company has experienced rapid growth since its launch in 2006 — CNBC named the company No. 7 on its Disruptor 50 list in May and MIT Technology Review counted the company among its 50 Smartest Companies in 2017.

Here are three hints into where 23andMe is focusing its energy:

1. Artificial intelligence. 23andMe has two job openings related to artificial intelligence, both of which relate to machine learning, a type of AI in which a computer learns over time, rather than having to be programmed like typical software. Both positions involve building applications to accelerate large-scale processing of genetics data.

2. Consumer engagement. One new role 23andMe is hiring for is a director of consumer genetics education. 23andMe says this employee will use clear language to bring "genetics to life in the hearts and minds of all consumers." The job listing is one of 11 open marketing positions, most of which focus on building awareness for the company's ancestry, health and research products, and working with third-party retailers.

3. Drug development. 23andMe has six job openings for its therapeutics division, including postings for a senior biotechnology patent counsel and a host of biology and antibody engineering research positions. The company's therapeutics team, which launched in 2015, works to develop new drugs based on targets discovered in 23andMe's genetic database.

To view a list of 23andMe's job openings, click here.

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