Welcome to Genomes Unzipped

Welcome to Genomes Unzipped, a new group blog bringing together experts in the scientific, legal, ethical and commercial aspects of genetics. Our goal is to provide you with independent analysis of advances in the field of genetics, with a particular focus on implications for the budding industry of personal genomics. We’ll also be discussing ways in which you can make the most of your own genetic data using online resources and techniques developed by researchers.

Some of us you might have seen around the genetics blogosphere: Genetic Future‘s Daniel MacArthur, Genomics Law Report‘s Dan Vorhaus, Luke Jostins from Genetic Inference, Caroline Wright from the PHG Foundation, and Jan Aerts of Saaien Tist. Others are new to the blogosphere, but are experts in the science behind personal genomics, including researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and University College London. All of us share an interest in the future of genomics and communicating genetics to a broader audience. We’ll be adding some more names to the list over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.
What can you expect to see from Genomes Unzipped? Posts here will fall into a number of major categories:
  • Background: Posts summarising fundamental concepts in genetics or genomics.
  • Journal Club: Analysis of important new studies published in genetics, summarising their implications for personal genomics.
  • Opinion: In which we provide our own views on matters ethical or philosophical.
  • Technology: Updates on the latest developments in genetic technologies, especially the rapidly advancing field of sequencing.
  • Products: Reviews and critiques of personal genomic products.
  • DIY: Guides to doing your own analysis on personal genomic data.
  • In The News: The good and the bad from mainstream media reports on genetics, with righteous scorn poured on the bad.
  • Guest Posts: Guest writing from other experts in the field.
  • Interviews: Questions posed to leaders in the field.
The more perceptive among you will have noticed the bright red BETA on the blog header above. That’s because we plan for Genomes Unzipped to ultimately be much more than just a group blog – but we’ll have a major announcement soon laying out exactly what that means.
For the moment, though, you can just sit back and enjoy the genomics goodness.
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