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Genes Open New Frontier in Privacy Debate
Scientific celebrities like James Watson and Craig Venter are making their genetic information public knowledge. Will you be able to keep yours private?
By Peter Dizikes. The Boston Globe, September 24, 2007

Scientific celebrities like James Watson and Craig Venter are making their genetic information public knowledge. Will you be able to keep yours private?

That question looms as the fast-moving world of genomics—the study of the full sequence of DNA in organisms—progresses toward the day when an individual’s genetic makeup becomes a common part of the medical record. Such a development could vastly improve medical care, but leave a wealth of sensitive data within reach of employers, insurers, or other firms.

“Pretty soon, all of us will have access to our personal genetic data,” said George Church, a Harvard scientist whose study, the Personal Genome Project, will release genetic records of 10 people this fall, including Church’s.

Church would like to find 100,000 more volunteers to build a scientific trove of genetic data and estimates he can already sequence the portion of human DNA containing genes for $1,000.

“Ideally, everybody on the planet would share their medical and genomic information,” Church said.

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