Monday, September 15, 2008

Democratization? Or Capitalization? Take yer pick

An old post.......interesting that I seemed to be right on track....In reading through my RSS feeder over a year ago now I stumbled across an interesting video at Testing Hiatus. It comes from the website Master Plan the Movie. This is especially timely given the new shiny 399 USD SNP scan.....which BTW is still more expensive than Coriell's Free Scan!

Before you watch this YouTube video I first would like you to take a gander at an excerpt from "The Google Story"

Sergey Brin and Larry Page have ambitious long-term plans for Google's expansion into the fields of biology and genetics through the fusion of science, medicine, and technology. . . .One of the most exciting Google projects involves biological and genetic research that could foster important medical and scientific breakthroughs. Through this effort, Google may help accelerate the era of personalized medicine, in which understanding an individual's precise genetic makeup can contribute to the ability of physicians and counselors to tailor health care treatment, rather than dispensing medications or recommending treatments based on statistics or averages.

"We need to use the largest computers in the world," Venter said. "Larry and Sergey have been excited about our work and about giving us access to their computers and their algorithm guys and scientists to improve the process of analyzing data. It shows the broadness of their thinking. Genetic information is going to be the leading edge of information that is going to change the world. Working with Google, we are trying to generate a gene catalogue to characterize all the genes on the planet and understand their evolutionary development. Geneticists have wanted to do this for generations."

Over time, Venter said, Google will build up a genetic database, analyze it, and find meaningful correlations for individuals and populations. . . . Google's data-mining techniques appear well-suited to the formidable challenges posed by analyzing the genetic sequence.It has begun work on this project, but has not been required to disclose any information about it publicly since the work has no impact on its current revenue and profits."

People will be able to log on to a Google site using search capacities and have the ability to understand things about themselves as they change in real time," Venter said. "What does it mean to have this variation in genes? What else is known?

And instead of having a few elitist scientists doing this and dictating to the world what it means, with Google it would be creating several million scientists."Google has empowered individuals to do searches and get information and have things in seconds at their fingertips," he went on.

"Where is that more important than understanding our own biology and its connection to disease and behavior? With Google, you will be able to get an understanding of your own genes. Google has the capacity to do all of this, and it is one of the discussions I have had with Larry and Sergey."

Ok, So now you can watch the movie at Testing Hiatus Let me know what you think. Does Don't be Evil mean Be Good? Or Does it mean something else?

The Sherpa Says: 23andME has been in the works long before it hit the radar. See Russ Altman earn his advisorship to 23 and Me here. Lastly, there will be only one purchaser of 23andMe's data.....Google....end of story.


Anonymous said...

23andme is poised to be acquired by Google, and Google is poised to become the most powerful entity on Earth.

I can imagin The Wellcome Trust Institute and NHIs partnering with Google to do research and offer their services.

This is just the beginning. Google is a genius company.

Steve Murphy MD said...

Any samples aquired without IRB approval will not be allowed to be studied with federal research dollars. I am certain the same holds true for the Wellcome Trust.......

Google is genius.....and naive all at the same time. I love it.....