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In search of personal meaning in a file of 3.3 billion DNA letters

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In today’s health system, where the NHS is planning to sequence 100,000 people by 2017, it is expected that most of the UK population will be sequenced by the 2020’s. Using a credit card and an Internet connection, my family underwent the journey of sequencing our personal genomes, perhaps simulating the scenario of any family in the future. We decided to publish all our genetic data on the Internet requesting scientists and hobbyists alike to give us feedback any interesting results. In this presentation I will briefly summarise many of the results we got from the community, plus some other personal investigations. My talk will not only provide a state-of-the-art overview of how much we can really understand today about our personal genomes, I also discuss briefly some challenging questions pertaining to genome privacy and the right not to know.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Science Society talks series.

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