Personal Genome Project Expanding the Personal Gene Pool from 10 to 100,000

By Timothy M. O'Brien
April 27, 2009

The Personal Genome Project is going to be progressively expanding the pool of participants from 10 to 100,000 over the next few months. From the latest newsletter:

"We are now seeking to expand the PGP by one order of magnitude and enroll 100 additional volunteers, followed by 1000 volunteers, and so on, until we reach 100,000 enrollees.

Over the next several weeks, the 11,000+ individuals who registered on the PGP website will receive an email with instructions on how to begin the online enrollment process. If you have already registered, you should expect to receive your invitation to begin the enrollment process by June 1st."

To register for the Personal Genome Project, go to http://www.personalgenomes.org/register.html.

The Personal Genome Project is an project that was started by George Church, who invented the first direct genetic sequence method with Walter Gilbert in 1984.

The initial "PGP-10" included notable academic, scientific, and research figures such as Pinker, Dyson, and Church who agreed to share DNA sequences and medical records with the research community and the public. The "open sourcing" of one's medical history and DNA sequence brings up a variety of meaty ethical questions involving privacy and the public medical benefit from complete transparency.


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