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Man open sources his genetic data on GitHub

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 3 years ago

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An anonymous reader writes "There are many services popping up on the Internet allowing you to store data about yourself or the projects you are working on. One of the most popular among the development community is GitHub: a distributed version control system mainly for software development allowing you to share and collaborate with others online.

While GitHub can be paid for as a service for private projects, open source projects get hosted for free. So there is a general mix of both types of project and over 1.7 million repositories currently stored on the service.

Manu Sporny, founder and CEO of Digital Bazaar, has decided to use GitHub to store a project of a very different nature. Rather than a piece of software, he is listing his own genetic data as an open source project. He has released all his rights to the data and made around 1 million of his genetic markers public domain.

As to why he decided to do what many may feel is a risky sharing of data so personal and unique to himself, Manu explains:

        I’ve thought long and hard about each of those questions and the many more that you ask yourself before publishing this sort of personal data. There are large privacy implications in doing this. However, speaking solely for myself, I think the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

Manu hasn’t gone into great detail as to his thought processes yet, but promises to on his blog at a later date."

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Axshully (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35208900)

Manu hasn’t gone into great detail as to his thought processes yet

I'm sure there may be a few bio-scientists already making a prediction model for those.

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sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#35209618)

...or about his DNA (though the little public secret is that very large part of it can be concluded by looking at health history of the family)
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