In Estonia, they have a public program to let people get their genes sequenced.
I just can’t get my head wrapped around what this kind of thing will do to society. I’m not against it, I just feel a little like I felt when I saw the first web browser. I knew that things were going to get really complicated, but I didn’t really feel like I knew where things were heading for a few years there.
Also, have you noticed that it’s not the current leaders in technology that are leading in sociological innovation related to biological stuff? PCR was invented in the US, and some of the fastest sequencing machines ever made came from Silicon Valley.
This came to me via an article in Salon that points out that there’s a Silicon Valley company involved now that the pilot phase is over.
As an aside, isn’t it cool that Windows 2000 is so completely internationalized that you can choose from Estonian, English, or Russian, and see all the characters drawn right?