Genetic Future

Archives for May, 2009

BioArray News (subscription required) reports that genomic analysis technology provider Illumina has launched a new family of genotyping chips designed to simultaneously assay 4 million sites of variation in the human genome.

Personal genomics is a rapidly evolving game, with a clear end goal in sight: offering consumers an accurate, affordable and complete genome sequence, and providing them with tools to dig out the useful nuggets of information contained therein. That goal remains out of reach, and while DNA sequencing technology continues to mature companies in the…

It’s difficult to distill down a meeting as data-rich as the Cold Spring Harbor Biology of Genomes meeting, but here’s a first-pass attempt.

The GenomeWeb crew have been doing a great job of covering the Biology of Genomes conference – for more detail on the 1000 Genomes Project presentation see here (or here if you happen to have a subscription to In Sequence), and for a review of the panel discussion on genetic privacy (which I missed) see…

A couple of weeks ago I reported that personal genome sequencing company Knome had launched a publicity stunt: selling a complete genome sequence on eBay. I argued that the current information content in a human genome doesn’t come anywhere near justifying that cost for most of us, although it could potentially be worthwhile for patients…

I’ll be spending the next few days at the Biology of Genomes meeting at Cold Spring Harbor, NY – one of the most awaited events on the genomics calendar. I plan to blog here about the major themes emerging from the meeting; you can also follow me on Twitter if you want shorter, punchier updates,…