Photos by Deanne Fitzmaurice, National Geographic
We live in an era where people are constantly sharing their lives online; what they had for lunch, a photo of their dog, or an inspiring quote. It’s an interesting paradox; while sharing so much of our lives online, privacy concerns are at an all time high.
Despite these concerns, Dr. George Church hopes to create what he jokingly refers to as the “Facebook of DNA”. Church’s Personal Genome Project aims to sequence and share the DNA of 100,000 participants, creating a database for scientists to correlate physical traits, exposure to environmental factors, and illness, so that we can find treatments for disease and know more about what makes us who, and what we are.
With most of our lives online these days, where’s the harm in putting our DNA on display? I think it’s safe to say there is more value to be extracted from our DNA than say, that cat playing ping pong video I watched yesterday.
What’s the worst that could happen? Clones? Here’s the original story on National Geographic.