Monday, October 20, 2008

My Genome is Better Than Your Genome

A research study at Harvard Medical School called the Personal Genome Project (PGP) will make public the genomes of 10 volunteers along with their medical histories and an abundance of personal information and private habits. The project, headed by geneticist Dr. George Church (not only the founder, also a member), aims to expedite genomic research by removing privacy barriers and opening the research to anyone interested, including fellow researchers and gossipers. Among the PGP 10, Steven Pinker's hair genes are sure to garner considerable interest. The study is presently soliciting volunteers and will expand to 100,000 participants. More here.

(image credit: photograph of George Church, Laura Reich / The New York Times)