Simon Lin at Retail Genomics posts a summary of a talk from George Church, who told attendees that the future of genomics will hinge on people's willingness to share data and keep instrumentation open-source. "The most interesting point to me, however, is not only the 'open and share' of instrument design but also genetic information," Lin writes. "In order to construct a robust phenotype (for instance, diseases)-to-genotype (i.e., the combination of genes) inference, scientists need volunteers who actively participate in research projects and more importantly, who fully understand the genetic privacy (or lack of privacy thereof!).
If Privacy Is an Illusion, Why Aren't We Making This Public Already?
May 14, 2009