Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Imagine being one of 100,000 fully sequenced people

What they say:

"The Personal Genome Project is an open-ended research study that aims to improve our understanding of genetic and environmental contributions to human traits. We are enrolling members of the public who are willing to share their genome sequence and other personal information with the scientific community and the general public."

Although I know some people will leap to point out the privacy issues that could come as part of this project, it seems like an incredible opportunity to contribute to our understanding of biology, way beyond the personal sacrifice of lost privacy about health data. And without having to work hard either! They're only requesting USA-ians at the moment, but I for one will be keeping my ears open in case this goes world-wide at some point.

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