GET Conference on Personal Genomics

On April 25th Genspace co-founder Ellen Jorgensen attended the GET Conference at Harvard, where over 100 participants in the Personal Genome Project gathered to hear guest speakers and Harvard faculty give talks about the future of genomics. She was there because somewhere enshrined in a 96-well plate is her total genomic DNA, waiting to be completely sequenced through the PGP project, a brainchild of Dr. George Church (sitting to the right of Ellen in the front row in the photo below). At the conference they also collected blood samples to create pluripotent stem cell lines, and a researcher tested sweat gland density on the fingers of the participants with a simple starch+iodine staining procedure – see Ellen’s thumb below – the black dots are individual glands.

 

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