Well, lookie here: Nature seems to have jumped on the PGP bandwagon:
Technology development guru George Church — aka the information exhibitionist — is playing a salutary social role with his Personal Genome Project. Church is in the process of gathering phenotypic data and sequencing portions of the genomes of ten volunteers, including himself (see page 763). He intends to study how the genes of these people — all but one of whom have revealed their identities — influence their phenotypes, and to make those data public. Church’s point is simple: information, including genetic information, can and should be freely available.
Whether or not one agrees with him, society had better be ready to deal with the results of such research, which is occurring against a background of explosive growth in the availability of genetic information.
The rest of the piece goes on to rightly excoriate Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), a practicing obstetrician*, for singlehandedly putting the kibosh on GINA.
*What in Hippocrates’ name is up with these physician-legislators? Dr. Ron Paul is one of three (!!!) Representatives to vote against GINA versus 420 in favor! And remember Bill Frist and Terri Schiavo? Physician, heal thyself.