Blogging time has been pretty scarce for me lately, mainly due to the impending submission of the 1000 Genomes Project pilot paper (more on my involvement in that project later). Sadly, personal genomics has not done me the favour of sitting still while I’m busy. Here are some of the more interesting recent bits and pieces from the personal genomosphere:
Some 15% of respondents say that they have taken a genetic test in a medical setting, and almost one in ten has used a direct-to-consumer genetic testing service. When asked what they would sequence if they could sequence anything, many respondents listed their own genomes, their children’s or those of other members of their family (the list also included a few pet dogs and cats).
Some are clearly impatient for this opportunity: about 13% say that they have already sequenced and analysed part of their own DNA. One in five said they would have their entire genome sequenced if it cost US$1,000, and about 60% would do it for $100 or if the service were offered free. Others are far more circumspect about sequencing their genome — about 17% ticked the box saying “I wouldn’t do it even if someone paid me”.
Nothing too surprising there, although I’d love to be able to get in and break down the raw data to tease apart more subtle results (for instance, attitudes towards DTC testing among geneticists vs other fields of biology). I’ll see if I can get hold of it.