Cutting Edge: Bay Area Companies Top List of Best Inventions

The $399 test allows people to determine a person's predisposition to dozens of inheritable traits or diseases.

Congratulations Bay Area. It appears businesses here, are truly on the cutting edge.

TIME Magazine announced its 8th annual list of the best inventions. Tops on the list is a personal genetic testing service by Mountain View-based 23andMe. The $399 test allows people to take a saliva sample in their home and test it to determine a their predisposition to dozens of inheritable traits or diseases.

The company was founded in 2006 by Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki, who is the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Brin has publicly acknowledged his predisposition to Parkinson's Disease.

"We're honored that TIME magazine recognizes the power and potential of the 23andMe Personal Genome Service," Wokcicki said. "We see health care at an inflection point, where consumers and technology can come together to make significant changes to the system. 23andMe is excited to be part of a revolution in health care."

Another Bay Area company came in second in the list of top inventions. Tesla Motors, based in San Carlos, has developed a $100,000 battery-powered sports car.

The company recently announced plans to build a new factory in San Jose.

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