At his Genetic Future blog, Daniel MacArthur gives his two cents on a recent perspective article in Nature Reviews Genetics that discusses the ethical challenges of whole genome sequencing. MacArthur dissects the possible difficulties of getting the right data into the hands of consumers. One of the biggest challenges, he says, is a cost-effective way to give people their sequence with meaningful annotation. He concludes, "If researchers can't afford to provide the annotation themselves, they should at least return the data in a standardised format that makes it easy for participants to get that annotation from other sources." Clinical follow-up and integrating the data with updated medical and genomic information are also potential challenges.
Special Data Needs Special Treatment
Jan 26, 2008