Personal Genomics: To Each His Own

by Medindia Content Team on Sep 24 2007 2:17 PM

James Watson, the world-renowned scientist and Nobel laureate was handed down his very own personal genome. Scientists and physicians reckon if the outcome of this gesture could be the beginning of personal genomics where personal copies of genomes are made available to each and every individual.

In a commentary in today’s issue of the journal Science, four experts ponder the implications of this new technology and information and ask the crucial questions that should be answered before the era of personal genomics comes to pass.

Drs. Amy L. McGuire of Baylor College of Medicine, Mildred K. Cho of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California; Sean E. McGuire of The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Timothy Caulfield of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, combined their different perspectives to consider the what is possible now and in the future. Along with that, they look at the ethical and legal issues that will inevitably arise with such technology.