Genetic Future

Archives for November, 2008

In addition to the African and Asian genome studies I discussed in my last post, Nature‘s latest issue is completely dominated by the topic of personal genomics. Erika Check Hayden has a nice piece on methods to squeeze the most out of your own personal genomic data, including a profile of the Promethease analysis tool…

The latest issue of Nature is just as it should be: nearly wall-to-wall human genomics, with a special focus on personal genomics (more on that later). The main event is a potential historical milestone: quite possibly the last two papers ever to be published in a major journal describing the sequencing of single human genomes…

One of the major challenges of the personal genomic era will be knowing exactly which (if any) of the millions of genetic variants present in your genome are likely to actually have an impact on your health. Such predictions are particularly problematic for regulatory variants – genetic changes that alter the expression levels of genes,…

Dienekes takes a critical look at 23andMe’s new “global similarity” tool (requires a 23andMe login or a demo account to view), which allows you to visually place your own genetic data in the context of genome-wide SNP data from over 1,000 individuals from around the world. The take-home message: the feature is an improvement over…