Steve Pinkers Gene im Internet


Die New York Times hat einen sehr langen und sehr interessanten Artikel über Steve Pinker, einem Psychologen, der seine DNA sequenzieren lies und über das Personal Genome Project ins Internet stellte. Wikipedia goes Genetics, irgendwie genauso gruselig wie fortschrittlich. Ich muss mir da mal grundlegend Gedanken drüber machen, über die Auswirkungen von einem Share-Medium wie dem Internet im Zusammenspiel mit Genetik und Biotechnologie.

ONE OF THE PERKS of being a psychologist is access to tools that allow you to carry out the injunction to know thyself. I have been tested for vocational interest (closest match: psychologist), intelligence (above average), personality (open, conscientious, agreeable, average in extraversion, not too neurotic) and political orientation (neither leftist nor rightist, more libertarian than authoritarian). I have M.R.I. pictures of my brain (no obvious holes or bulges) and soon will undergo the ultimate test of marital love: my brain will be scanned while my wife’s name is subliminally flashed before my eyes.

Last fall I submitted to the latest high-tech way to bare your soul. I had my genome sequenced and am allowing it to be posted on the Internet, along with my medical history. The opportunity arose when the biologist George Church sought 10 volunteers to kick off his audacious Personal Genome Project. The P.G.P. has created a public database that will contain the genomes and traits of 100,000 people. Tapping the magic of crowd sourcing that gave us Wikipedia and Google rankings, the project seeks to engage geneticists in a worldwide effort to sift through the genetic and environmental predictors of medical, physical and behavioral traits.

My Genome, My Self (via TED Blog)