A decade on since Human Genome mapped

“Ten years since scientists first mapped the human genome, the man who runs the Wellcome Trust Sir Mark Walport – which spends hundreds of million of pounds each year on medical research – thinks it is time to start thinking about how we use genetic information.”

Tomorrow, Eureka – Times Online’s Science column – will be taking an in-depth look at some of the businesses that have been launched on the back of the genetic advances of the past decade. In particular the resulting sustainability if the personal genome businesses that have made bucks form selling predictive risk analysis. The author of the piece states that it will “chart the very different ways in which the rival companies eg. 23andMe and the defunct Decode Me are trying to turn a profit, their different attitudes to data-sharing, privacy and medical supervision, and the implications their models will have for the future of personal genetics.”

An event to watch out for that is running in conjunction with the Wellcome Trust’s ‘identity‘ exhibition:

The National DNA Database on Trial
04 February 2010, 19.00 – 20.30


One response to “A decade on since Human Genome mapped

  1. It is interesting looking at how all these new entrants into the market are trying to make their mark. Many sell testing directly to a consumer and our company, AccessDNA, believes that one of the biggest unmet needs in this market is the need to help consumers interested in testing to get reliable information about available testing options available and to compare the various providers and their offerings. We have reviewed all the online genetic testing providers (including Navigencis, 23andMe, DeCODE, and Pathway Genomics) based on whether the provider clearly displays a privacy policy that includes information about safeguarding the information they collect from users as well as any results of testing. This has all been reviewed by genetic professionals and we also cover things that the professional genetics community believes a consumer should also consider before ordering a test. These include things like who offers pre- and post-test counseling; who involves a physician in the ordering process; who uses only CLIA certified labs; and who has adequate security and encryption policies. All this can be found by going to http://www.AccessDNA.com.

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