Knome and the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), announced today that they have initiated the process to sequence the entire enomes of two private individuals. These clients are expected to be the first individuals
in the world to have their genome sequenced by a personal genomics firm.
“We are very happy to be underway with our first clients,” said Ari Kiirikki, vice president of sales and business development at Knome. “At this time, both clients have chosen to remain anonymous. As part of our service, we have developed a variety of processes and tools designed to keep their genomic identity private and secure. If they choose to release their identity or share their genetic code, it will be on their own terms.”
Anyway, if you choose Knome, you retain full ownership and control over your personal genome so you decide whether to share all or portions of your genome with scientists and other medical professionals.
It’s getting harder and harder to keep up with the improvements of personalized genetics.