Tuesday, September 04, 2007

A Genetic Exhibitionist

Scientist J. Craig Venter led a project at the J. Craig Venter Institute to sequence and publish the genome of ... J. Craig Venter.

Among the ethics questions raised by the prospect of people posting their genomes is whether they have an obligation to kin who may not want their familial patterns put on display.

Asked if he had consulted his living parent, his three siblings or his 30-year-old son before posting his genome, Venter said: "I've not asked any of their permission, but we've discussed it all extensively. Their main response is not "Oh, my God.' It's 'Can I get my genome done, too?'" [Link]

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