Saturday, November 17, 2007

Now THAT is personal genomics

Those interested in the coming personal genomics world should check out Amy Harmon's article in the New York Times. Harmon discusses her own foray into getting sampled herself - a personal story on personal genomics. Oh - so ripe for word play. For a good discussion of the paper and some of the related issues see Matthew Herper's blog here.

I personally think the whole field has rushed a wee bit ahead of the science (which reminds me to point out - if you are looking for a new career, I think genetic/genomic counselor is going to be one of the hottest jobs of the future). But nevertheless, I plan to get tested, so I must not think the science is that off.

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  1. The science is way ahead of the law, too. I'm just praying that it's not too late to get the message out that DNA is not destiny.

  2. The good news is that there are barriers (price mostly) so it's not going to become a universal phenomenon. But the "little knowledge is worse than none at all" part does worry me