Genetic Future

Archives for February, 2009

Free personal genomics… sort of

Helix Health’s Steve Murphy rather breathlessly announces the launch of the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative website (for the uninitiated: you can tell Steve is really excited when he uses five exclamation marks at the end of a sentence rather than four.) To be fair, it is big news. Coriell is offering a free service –…

Francis Collins, former Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, in a presentation last week (as reported by GenomeWeb Daily News): He also said that he is “delighted” that direct-to-consumer genetic testing services are being offered, even though the field “has become a favorite whipping boy for some of us.” He said it is…

The market for designer babies

Edited 2/2/09: The cited study discusses pre-natal genetic screening, not only embryo screening; I’ve updated some wording to reflect this, but it doesn’t have any major impact on the overall message. Razib points to an article suggesting that Australian couples are “flocking” to a US fertility clinic that allows them to screen their potential IVF…

Complete Genomics is a DNA sequencing company that launched back in October, and has been creating a buzz in the genomics community ever since. The company’s business model is based around a novel technology for rapidly generating DNA sequence data; but rather than make its money by selling its platform to genomics facilities and biotech…