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May 31, 2007


This summary is a good or better than similar works appearing in the News and Views section of Science and Nature or in the "science" section of many newspapers. Perhaps Mr. Noonan should consider a second job as free-lance writer.

Great post, Kevin.

"The Watson DNA sequence will be made publicly available, with one exception: Dr. Watson will not disclose the sequence of the gene that encodes apolipoprotein E in his genome, since certain alleles of this gene are associated with the development of Alzheimer's disease."

That's just weird. Is he hiding this info for his sake or his kids' sake?


Watson's mother died of Alzheimer's disease. Maybe he just didn't want to know, or have his kids know (or worse, have some tabloid do a "DNA guy's countdown to dementia" contest).

It does point out the issue of genetic privacy, though.

Thanks for the comment.

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