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Thursday, May 21, 2009

13,000 to put their genomes online

According to this article:

The Personal Genome Project has signed up 13,000 volunteers who will donate genetic material for the benefit of gene research worldwide. Information about the genetic material will also be posted online.

Medical info on diseases on stuff... yeah, that's great. Actually, I'd be a bit more interested in the study of the correlation between personalities and interests and people's DNA. Of course, interests are extremely influenced by environments (siblings may share 50% DNA, but tend to want to be "individuals" in there interests), but I still think it would be interesting to see. Then you could set up an online dating service based on compatible DNAs. "Wow, that's a nice sequence you have!"

Of course, then we get into the whole sci-fi "DNA discrimination" issue... go watch the movie Gattaca.


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