Improving genome understanding
The cost and accuracy of genome sequencing have improved dramatically. George Church asks why so few people are opting to inspect their genome.
09 October 2013 Corrected: 09 October 2013
Readers of Nature, we can assume, are bright and insatiably curious. So why have so few obtained and interpreted their own genome sequence? We should avoid being judgemental of people who practise genomic modesty or who choose not to act on genome information, but we should also ask if we are providing adequate and equal access to education about the benefits and risks of genome information.