A Personal Genomics Update

As regular readers know, in addition to my work as an attorney, in my personal time I am also actively involved with several personal genomics projects. Two of those, Genomes Unzipped and the Personal Genome Project, had major announcements this week.

On Monday, the twelve founders and co-collaborators at Genomes Unzipped (including me) published our genetic data for the world to see. We released both raw data and a custom genome browser. This morning we began the process of talking about the experience of joining the public genomics movement, something that has already affected each of us in different ways. My first post discusses why my decision to join Genomes Unzipped was not a purely personal decision.

On Tuesday, the Personal Genome Project unveiled its latest phase, announcing the enrollment of its next 1,000 participants (the “PGP-1K”), integration with Google Health for phenotype collection and sharing, the upcoming release of a number of new, public whole-genome sequences and several other exciting developments.

It has been a big week for personal genomics, and I am gratified to be involved in both of these projects. Onward and upward or, as Jason Bobe might say, “to the moon!