James Watson’s genome in GenBank

James Watson, co-discoverer of the DNA double helix and developer of the Human Genome Project, was presented with the DNA sequence data from his personal genome at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston on May 31st 2007.

Photos of the event are on flickr: photos

From the press release:

The $1 million, two-month project is a collaboration of 454 Life Sciences and the BCM Human Genome Sequencing Center, said Dr. Richard Gibbs, director of the HGSC and a scientific advisor to the Connecticut-based company. The announcement, aside from its meaning to Watson, is significant because it demonstrates that it will be possible in the future to sequence anyone’s genome – a goal toward which many sequencing firms are working. The time and cost will decrease as the technology improves.

A report on the project and a commentary on its ethical implications are scheduled to appear in the near future. The raw sequencing data was released today to the publicly available resource called GenBank National Center for Biotechnology Information Trace Archive


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