Thursday, June 19, 2008

Unnatural Selection: chapter 12

Craig Venter (about whom I blogged here and here) is central in this chapter. Below are facts and links.
  • His pet project: The Institute for Genetic Research (TIGR, pronounced 'tiger').
  • His method for sequencing the entire human genome as fast as possible: men and machines.
  • His goal: have the sequence data as public as possible.
  • A use of those sequences: back-translate into proteins to make new medicines.
  • Genetic tests, as usual, come up, with risks.
  • TIGR is technically nonprofit, but others love to make money.
Now go look at those databases, O readers of this aspiring biologist's blog.

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