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While the ultimate goal of this project is to assist doctors in developing personalised treatments, the idea is to benefit humanity in more general ways.
The first part of the initiative includes a crowd-sourcing project that aims to record all the normal variations in people’s DNA in a public database.
The next project is a social experiment designed to see whether people can work together to build a ‘genomic village’ that can work out how to cure a disease.
The ultimate goal is to make a map of all human variation so that patients can receive tailor-made treatments based on their DNA.
Justin Wu became the first person to have his entire genome sequenced, and is now one of the 7,000 people who have had their DNA sequenced so far.
His DNA has revealed a high level of Asian ancestry, with a mixture of Eastern, South Asian, and Southeast Asian heritage.
The project was founded by Dr. Eric Green and Dr. Rodney Deitsch, who envisage a future where people will have access to their own genome sequences, and will be able to share these online to help in medical research and healthcare.
Today, Justin Wu’s genome is being uploaded to the database.
The Personal Genome Project has been welcomed by the scientific community.
Martin Hengel, a professor of human genetics at Columbia University, thinks that the genome could be used to help humans in the future.
“If we are able to transform the information gathered from personal genomes into useful information that can be used to improve our medical care, this will be revolutionary,” he said.
The vision of the Personal Genome Project is one of collaboration and sharing.
Another part of the plan is to partner with groups and institutions, including universities, hospitals, and even local companies, so that they can upload their own sequences and contribute to the database.