Personal genomics: Some details for the curious

There’s an article in this weekend’s NYT magazine from Steve Pinker on what he’s learned from the first stages of genetic screening (recall he’s part of George Church’s Personal Genome Project, which is attempting to sequence many genomes and make them publicly available along with phenotypic data).

The most interesting tidbits in the story relate to data from SNP array analysis retailer 23andme. Given that the SNP analysis reported that Steve has a large chance of being bald, I have to agree with him that personal genomics has a way to go.

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