The Personal Genome Project is Picking Up Steam

When the Personal Genome Project (PGP) announced earlier this summer that it was opening its doors to the next 100 participants the response was overwhelming. To date, nearly 15,000 individuals have registered with the PGP and more than 1,500 have completed the preliminary eligibility screening process.

This afternoon I spoke with Jason Bobe, the PGP’s Director of Community, who confirmed that more than 1,000 individuals have passed the PGP’s preliminary eligibility screening phase, which included receiving a perfect score on the PGP’s genetics and informed consent entrance exam. Over the next several weeks these individuals will be invited to proceed to the next stage of enrollment, which includes the submission of baseline trait data and identity verification, and some will ultimately be selected later this summer to participate in the Personal Genome Project as part of the PGP-100.

Disclosure: I am an ELSI advisor to the Personal Genome Project and Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson is counsel to PersonalGenomes.org, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation associated with the PGP.