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For winning the API Binary Battle! The Nature News weblog has a moderately overwrought piece on the possibilities for crowd-sourcing in genetics. Interestingly they report that openSNP only has 50 genotypes. That’s lame. Though I haven’t poked around the site much since I initially loaded my data. I’ll have to spend some time this weekend looking at it….

(Republished from Discover/GNXP by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Science • Tags: openSNP, Personal Genomics 
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  1. You are right, currently we don’t have enough genotypes to make meaningful studies with this sample size (although other studies with n=23 get published in PNAS ;)) at openSNP. To help a bit with this we are currently applying for funding, in order to get some more people who are willing to share genotyped. You can read more about this in the openSNP-blog: http://opensnp.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/the-wissenswert-contest-vote-is-now-open/

  2. It’s a great thing, but at the same time I’m worried because it seems to reinforce the misconception that genes are traits. We need to change the public’s mentality on this, and making tests readily available to the public reinforces the misconception, IMO. It could also lead to various false positives (or false negatives, for that matter) because we don’t know all that we could possibly know about gene-to-gene interactions and epistasis.

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