Some interesting posts about DNA and/or genetic genealogy in the blogosphere:
- Hsien at EyeonDNA posted about genetic genealogy in the Middle East: “Eastern Biotech & Life Sciences in Dubai have signed an agreement to be part of the Genographic Project via Family Tree DNA. They plan to create a database for the Middle Eastern population.”
- ScienceRoll posted about the SNPedia wiki, which is a database of information about human genome SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms). The site has “a list about what kind of SNPs James Watson has. For example, his DNA contains a SNP that may implicate a risk for Alzheimerâ€™s disease. Follow their blog for more!“
- Anthropology.net posted about an article by Freeman Dyson, ‘Our Biotech Future‘ in which Dyson “embarks on a fascinating discussion on a range of topics including how biology is now bigger business than physics, and how he believes that over the next 50 years, biotechnology will revolutionise our lives in much the same way same way as computers have done over the previous 50 years.“
While I was exploring Dr. Watson’s SNPs, I began to realize just how far we have to go before a list of SNPs provides useful or insightful information. When is a SNP more than just a simple mutation? When does a SNP mean more than just a propensity for disease? It will undoubtedly take many more lists and much more research before science can answer these question.
(Nonetheless, it would still be exciting to see a list of my SNPs, even without the useful information)