This holiday season, why not give a gift that keeps on giving — to genomics research, that is. Over at Technorati, William Murakami-Brundage says that "declaring your genome open-source … would be making an ultimate, amazing gift." While he acknowledges that there are several groups currently working on large-scale personal genomics projects, Murakami-Brundage also says that these initiatives may be too small in scope, since they appeal — primarily — to those with ties to the research. "By opening the project to any and all interested contributors, the sheer data-pool would be immense and invaluable," he says. Not only does "genomic crowd-sourcing" provide participants with a feeling of personal liberation, Murakami-Brundage suggests, it also throws a wrench in the "tangled schema" of gene patenting. "After all, the basis of open-source copyright is the fundamental right that everyone is entitled to the work in question, even when dealing with the font of life," he says.
Unfortunately, the Return Policy on This Is Pretty Stiff
Dec 03, 2010