Tag: Genomics


QS | Public Health Symposium: Jason Bobe on Participant Centered Research

September 4, 2014

As part of the Quantified Self Public Health Symposium, we invited a variety of individuals from the research and academic community. These included visionaries and new investigators in public health, human-computer interaction, and medicine. One of these was Jason Bobe, the Executive Director of the Personal Genome Project. When we think of the intersection of…


Melanie Swan on Genomic Self-Hacking

November 21, 2011

Melanie Swan of DIY Genomics describes the results of sequencing her own genome in the hopes of developing her own personalized preventive medicine strategies. She developed a mobile app that permits exporting of personalized sequencing data more easily. A series of small nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were identified by Melanie in her own genome relating to…


Esther Dyson Answers Questions About Genomics

June 15, 2010

At the most recent New York City Quantified Self Show&Tell meetup, Esther Dyson took the microphone to talk about her recent experience at the GET (Genes, Environment, and Traits) Conference. She then answered questions from fellow QS’ers about the direct-to-consumer genome market, public perception (“why on earth would you want to sequence your genome?”), DNA…


Your genome will be public

February 3, 2009

The QS blog, as is obvious to anybody who glances at it, is hosted on kk.org, the web site of my friend and QS Show&Tell co-host Kevin Kelly. Here is a link to Kevin’s recent post on the inevitable public status of all individual human genomes. It is a counterintuitive idea, persuasively argued. Kevin focuses…


What’s your experience with personal genomics?

January 29, 2009

Now that there are multiple companies selling genome scans, and urging their use as a guide in making decisions about health, the sociologists are following close behind. Marcie Lambrix, at Case Western University, contacted me recently to seek research help in putting together a report on consumer attitudes and experiences with personal genomics. The research…


First Personal Genome User Group

July 11, 2008

Last Tuesday 23andMe, the genome sequencing service, hosted the first meeting between its customers. Like Navigenics and deCode, 23andMe will sequence half a million “snips” from your own DNA to give you glimpse of your personal genetics. What you get for your $1,000 payment is lots of numbers and strings of letters, and a little…


How Accurate Are Personal Genome Tests?

April 30, 2008

I’ve had my DNA sequenced by 2 of the 3 companies now offering this service to the paying public. I purchased the tests for 23andMe and Iceland-based deCode. I am still plodding my way through the results — it’s sort of an education. One question I had was how well do the two results matched? …


Genomic Openness

January 6, 2008

In April, 2005, the National Institutes of Health and Department of Energy launched a [task force](http://www.genome.gov/10001808) on genetic testing. The task force, which had broad academic and industry representation, tried to outline the issues, and recommend possible guidelines, for the coming age of consumer genetics. It was already obvious that cheap and ubiquitous genetic testing…


Personal Genomics – Reading This Week’s Stories

November 20, 2007

Kevin [posted earlier](http://www.kk.org/quantifiedself/2007/11/access-to-personal-genomics.php) on self-knowledge through consumer genetics and linked to Amy Harmon’s [story](http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/17/us/17dna.html?ex=1353042000&en=4e47cebf58fa5d93&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss) in the New York Times. I spent the weekend catching up on the very successful wave of publicity orchestrated by [23andMe](https://www.23andme.com/ourservice/labs/), with major stories by Harmon in the Times, Thomas Goetz in [Wired](http://www.wired.com/medtech/genetics/magazine/15-12/ff_genomics), David Ewing Duncan in this month’s [Portfolio ](http://www.portfolio.com/news-markets/national-news/portfolio/2007/10/15/23andMe-Web-Site),…


Access to Personal Genomics

November 17, 2007

Personal DNA sequencing is here. The New York Times has an excellent story by Amy Harmon on what happens when you get your own DNA sequenced. She had about half a million SNPs sequenced by 23andMe, a personal genome start up. In the article she explores both her hesitancies and exhilaration in discovering her genetic…