This will be somewhat of an introspective Friday Links, looking at what other people have had to say about our recent announcement. We’ll resume our regular programming next week.
It’s been a big week here at Genomes Unzipped, with the announcement that all of the group members have released their genetic data publicly. The announcement was accompanied by a story by Mark Henderson in The Times (subscription only, unfortunately, but also syndicated here) along with commentary from Misha Angrist, Linda Avey and Christine Patch.
You can also listen to Daniel talk about the project on the BBC World Service (starts 19m30s), and Carl on BBC Radio Scotland (starts 38m). Finally, Luke and Daniel were on CBC Radio’s The Current today.
The announcement was also covered by a number of bloggers. Deepak Singh had praise for the project, which was music to our ears, as well as announcing his intention to share his own data with the project in 2011; John Hawks pondered the analogy between the project and a nudist beach, leading to an extended post from Razib Khan exploring the potential impact of community genomics; and Misha Angrist nails his colors to the mast of public genomics. 23andMe’s blog, The Spittoon makes clear that 23andMe don’t endorse Genomes Unzipped, but are nonetheless excited to see what the project gets up to.
It’s been fantastic to see our data already being used by a number of bloggers to make predictions about our ancestry and relatedness. Leon Kull added us to his relative finder, and noted that Carl and Kate seem to be distantly related (sharing 0.51% of their genome IBD, perhaps 4th-7th cousins). Dienekes Pontikos ran our genome scans through his ancestry calculator, EURO-DNA-CALC, with some surprising results: while most of us are (as expected) boringly north-western European, and Dan Vorhaus is Ashkenazi Jewish, several of us showed unexpected components of south-eastern European or Jewish ancestry. However, there’s more to this story: a different analysis performed over at Eurogenes suggested somewhat different results. We’ll be following up these findings with our own analysis early next week.
GNZ Authors have also been discussing the project around the web and beyond. The PGx Reporter interviewed Luke about our new genome browser, and the issues with releasing and visualising public genome data, and the PHG Foundation’s news feed has a few comments from Caroline about her own experience with her data. Daniel discussed the logic behind his decision to take part in the project on Genetic Future, and both he and Caroline talked about Genomes Unzipped at the Royal Institution’s Whose Genome Is It Anyway? event.