Personalized Genetics: Privacy and the Virtual Gene
Here is the regular post about the recent improvements of individualized medicine. This week, T. Ryan Gregory at Genomicron attempted to define the term genome. While The New York Times tried to redefine disease, genes and all.
- Daniel MacArthur at Genetic Future reported the low technical error rates for personal genomics companies: Of the 560,299 sites analysed by both companies (23andMe and DecodeMe), just 23 showed a different result between the two scans! Funny number, isn’t it?
- Another privacy threat: personal genome projects (Kyose Blog):
What if a unauthorized person get access to the 23andme database? He will have a lot of information about many people. Ok, they can use strong encrypting algorithms but we know there is no 100% secure system. Maybe providing a anonymous service as Keyose this problem could be nearly totally prevented.
But this is not the only problem. Not at all!. What if I just take some of the spit of my new partner or my employee and send it to 23andme pretending to by my own spit? Then I could access to the genomic information of a third person without his/her permission. That sounds not really funny!
Google and Microsoft together on medical health records:
- Steve Murphy, our gene sherpa, commented a Lancet article in his Osteoporosis and Gene Tests post.
- Would you like to download your own genome’s data? It looks like that:
And if you’re fed up with these news about the personalized genetic companies, send a virtual gene to your friend in Facebook.