George Church’s pioneering research on the human genome helped launch the Human Genome Project, but mapping the genome was just the start. Now Church’s Personal Genome Project is seeking the next step—allowing individuals to have their own genome sequenced so that they may use this information to understand their risk profiles for disease, their physical & biological characteristics. How could this information help to predict and combat genetic diseases; how could this information be potentially abused by more malicious actors? Church joins Patt to talk about the science and ethics of the personal genome.
George Church, professor of molecular genetics at the Harvard Medical School & professor of health sciences & technology at Harvard & MIT; initiator of the Personal Genome Project