[ExI] Fwd: DIY DNA synthesis (more)

Dan dan_ust at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 16 19:30:29 UTC 2009

--- On Thu, 4/16/09, Bryan Bishop <kanzure at gmail.com> wrote:
> Have you heard of Hugh Rienhoff?
> article: http://www.wired.com/medtech/genetics/magazine/17-02/ff_diygenetics?currentPage=all
> his site: http://www.mydaughtersdna.org/

[big snip]

This brings up the interesting notion of more aggressive sequencing of the genomes of all known living things via DIYers.  Just as a lot of astronomy -- well, spotting comets and asteroids and not stuff like looking for GRBs -- is done by amateur astronomers, why can't DIY genomicists (correct term) just sequence the DNA of local flaura, fauna, etc. and share results online?  Or is this already being done?  I think it might increase the pace of logging these genomes -- rather than having episodic announcements like "dog genome sequenced" in the big journals.  Of course, there's the downside of quality control, but that shouldn't be a show-stopper in my opinion.




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