What would you do if you knew all about your genome?

As already mentioned in the iq > research page of this web, I took part in a DNA sequencing and full genome analysis study targeting genes responsible for high intellectual performance in late 2009.

Only recently, my genome analysis first results were disclosed to me. And a couple of questions are making me wonder: is such a research a first step, which advances anyone’s awareness of his fate incluing bits and pieces from his future medical situation? Are humans supposed to know their biological background in such details and why? Is this process beneficial or not? For instance, if such results for a specific individual disclosed a very high susceptibility to a specific malignancy, would that piece of information lead him to quit smoking or would make him override any rules and precautions?

9 thoughts on “What would you do if you knew all about your genome?”

  1. I am just wondering! Could we ever be sure if we know everything about our genome? Is it possible scientific research to reveal everything or we are going to make further steps in future?

  2. My guess is that it depends on the person’s values but that a diagnosis of only a high probability, as opposed to a certainty and estimated time of death, would in most cases prove beneficial. I suppose, too, that once such information becomes commonplace, it will not be so shocking and, in fact, will be expected and possibly even envied if the information is expensive enough. I wonder if a side effect of envy might lead to a dramatic decrease in unhealthy addictions! Just some thoughts.

  3. What would I do?
    Get a life. I mean, how self-absolved or particular would you have to be to be that involved with your own DNA?

    Besides, are we not more than the sum of our parts? Genetic blueprint is merely the blueprint for biology and life is more than this. In deed, men are more than physical life.

    It is interesting but I fear a pointless religion unless you intend to tamper with it to produce clones, immunity improvement, perpetual cell regeneration and so longevity. But let’s be honest it will probably be used to reprogram mew more aesthetically appealing biology. We’d become a species of tall, lean, tanned skinned, blue-eyed blondes with larger penises or boobs, depending on your gender… or maybe even a different gender.. maybe even both.. simultaneously with two sets of gender essentials.

    Even if we are a little away from reprogramming ourselves we’d most certainly prescribe our offspring so the world will become such a place. We are narcissists first.

    And perhaps, as an after though, some if us would opt for a larger brain so we can have cantaloupe heads and thus juicer intelligence.

    Personally I’d opt for wings and immortality.

    I know we have to know this type of thing because the next stage in medical and even human evolution will be of the way we rewrite our DNA to produce what we believe to be better, healthier and more gifted people. I guess this was why we grew a human ear on the back of the poor brown mouse.

    Just some idle thoughts.

  4. i am participating in the dna study you listed on the w.i.n. website. i find it fascinating what research is going into this–i’m glad they’re looking at a valuable bit of our genes, unlike the aesthetics given in the previous post.

    it is exciting to think that we could take the next micro-evolutionary steps into our own hands. sure bad things could come of this, but the world has been on the verge of human-annihilating calamity for quite some time now (world wars, holocaust, nuclear armageddon, ozone holes, global warming, etc.), and some how we manage to continue. so i for one am gung-ho about this opportunity. let’s learn more about ourselves for our global benefit!

  5. What would you do if you knew all about your genome?

    I would use the new information to better optimise my survivability.

    What about genetic “therapy”, is it theoretically possible to “treat” extant genetic makeup? Engineer viruses to attack/remove specific high-risk/damaged human genes without causing harm?

  6. Reminds me of the book “Mutation” by Robin Cook. Interesting read-though it is fiction. Was thought provoking. Having this knowledge & scientific ability would be two-fold. Ideally, when such science fully evolves, it should be up to the individual to decide on finding out their genetic mapping, and for their use or reason. However, there are other entities that could come into play with this technology……and not all for the greater good of indivdual personal choice.

  7. Kate Watrol Reviws

    Wow, I feel this information can be extremely helpful when it comes to prevention. If we knew we had a high risk for some ailment and could slow it, or stop it, why not educate ourselves.

  8. [anonymous]

    I think modern science and genetic engineering will make knowing our genome a great possibility. Not to sound fictitious, but I really think it will materialize in the future. What would I do if I knew all about my genome? I would eradicate the cellular apoptosis, thus, prolonging, if not immortalizing my existence.

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