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Even by Jim's Standards, This Is a Day to Remember

It's a big day at Baylor. In a ceremony held there this morning, James Watson will be presented with a copy of his genome, courtesy of 454 Life Sciences, which did the sequencing, and Baylor's genome center, which verified and annotated the data. You can see the webcast here.

What has been dubbed "Project Jim" has snared the attention of the mainstream press. This article from Newsweek recounts some of Watson's personal and scientific history in addition to discussing the ramifications of this first step in the era of "the personal genome," as the story puts it.

Meantime, Watson's genome has thrown some people into a tizzy about the possibility of "celebrity genomes" turning sequencing into an elitist sport. Here's an article from Nature that runs through the argument.

Here at GTO, we'd rather focus on Jim's big day. Congratulations, Dr. Watson!


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