For winning the API Binary Battle! The Nature News weblog has a moderately overwrought piece on the possibilities for crowd-sourcing in genetics. Interestingly they report that openSNP only has 50 genotypes. That’s lame. Though I haven’t poked around the site much since I initially loaded my data. I’ll have to spend some time this weekend looking at it….
December 2, 2011
October 8, 2011
Some of the people behind the openSNP website have been in touch with me for a while. As I put my own genotype into the public domain I’m obviously pretty well disposed toward this sort of thing. You should check them out if you haven’t before, they just moved to a beefier server. Here’s what they say they’re about:
openSNP allows customers of direct-to-customer genetic tests to publish their test results, find others with similar genetic variations, learn more about their results, find the latest primary literature on their variations and help scientists to find new associations.
In this space I tend to focus on ancestry because you don’t need any phenotypic information. You can just look at the relationships of the genotypes. But in the future traits are going to be where the real gold is. This sort of thing is a good first step.