Genetic Future

Archives for April, 2009

This is a profoundly impressive paper – a study of the patterns of genetic variation in 2,400 individuals from 113 African populations, by far the most comprehensive analysis of African genetic diversity ever performed.

For those who have been too distracted by swine flu to notice: shares of the biotech company Sequenom have plummeted by 77% after the company announced that the extremely promising initial results for its SEQureDx Down syndrome test – which is designed to detect Down syndrome fetuses using blood samples from pregnant women – were…

A new paper in Nature reports the results of a large genome-wide association of autism. After some fairly heroic data analysis, the researchers have managed to tag one region of the genome as containing a common variant that contribute to the disease, with odds ratios on the order of 1.2 (the paper actually reports six…

Cho, Y., Go, M., Kim, Y., Heo, J., Oh, J., Ban, H., Yoon, D., Lee, M., Kim, D., Park, M., Cha, S., Kim, J., Han, B., Min, H., Ahn, Y., Park, M., Han, H., Jang, H., Cho, E., Lee, J., Cho, N., Shin, C., Park, T., Park, J., Lee, J., Cardon, L., Clarke, G., McCarthy,…

This seems like pretty interesting news: 23andMe, Inc., an industry leader in personal genetics, and Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH), the largest public health district in California, today announced that PPH will be offering the 23andMe Personal Genome Service for sale to San Diegans at its outpatient health centers. As an innovator in preventive health care,…

Photo Synthesis

I usually try to maintain a fairly single-minded focus on genomics on this blog, but Alex Wild’s current series of post on insect photography over at Photo Synthesis is simply stunning. Anyone interested in either photography or entomology – or simply appreciative of a beautiful image – should wander over and check them out. Alex’s…

The Personal Genome Project, an initiative founded by George Church that ultimately seeks to sequence the complete genomes of 100,000 people, has called for the next wave of volunteers. The PGP will sequence your genome and give you back the data for the bargain-basement price of zero dollars (not bad compared to the $68,000 that…

The auction of a whole-genome sequencing service that I scoffed at a few days ago is now live on eBay – serious bidders only, please, and bids start at $68,000. Here’s what you get for your suitcase of cash: Personal whole genome sequencing and comprehensive interpretation of your genome. Knome’s proprietary KnomeXplorer™ genome browser software…

Associated Press reports that Germany will likely soon pass regressive laws limiting the use of genetic testing: The German parliament approved legislation Friday limiting the use of genetic testing in an effort to prevent the technology’s abuse. The law, which was debated for more than seven years, must still go before the upper house of…

Personal genome sequencing provider Knome is planning to offer a complete genome sequence to the highest bidder on eBay – with the bidding opening at $68,000. The plan, announced in an NY Times article today, is described as “essentially a publicity stunt” – the proceeds will be donated to the X Prize Foundation, a charitable…