In a remarkable paper in Cell, Stanford geneticist Mike Snyder and colleagues performed a number of detailed “omic” analyses on…Mike Snyder. And his mother. He spoke about the project to Genome Biology.
And would you encourage your children to have their omes sequenced?
MS: I think it is up to them to decide if they want to get their genomes sequenced. On one hand, there are many useful things that can be learned. However, I would advise against it if they turn out to be worriers because we all have many deleterious mutations.
How publicly available are the data going to be and how comfortable are you with this level of availability?
MS: All of the data have already been submitted to public databases. I am quite comfortable with this. In fact, people see my talk and frequently offer me useful insights about my variants.