Genetics and society in the news:
- Sniekers et al. 2017, Nature Genetics. is a new GWAS study linking variants to intelligence. A lot of different new organizations picked it up. The quality of reporting varies quite a bit.
- Turkheimer, Harden, and Nisbett, 2017, Vox. Charles Murray is once again peddling junk science about race and IQ. Podcaster and author Sam Harris is the latest to fall for it. Vox critiques this.
- There have been a couple articles recently critiquing the critique of Stephen Jay Gould
- Popejoy and Fullerton, October 2016, Genomics is failing on diversity. European bias in GWAS is a persistent problem. Only 19% of non-European GWAS is Asian
Articles for discussion:
- Chuong, Kim H., David M. Hwang, D. Elizabeth Tullis, Valerie J. Waters, Yvonne C. W. Yau, David S. Guttman, and Kieran C. O’Doherty. Navigating social and ethical challenges of biobanking for human microbiome research; BMC Medical Ethics18, no. 1 (2017). doi:10.1186/s12910-016- 0160-y.
- Hawkins, A. K., Doherty, K. C. (2011). Who owns your poop?: insights regarding the intersection of human microbiome research and the ELSI aspects of biobanking and relatedstudies. BMC Medical Genomics,4(1). doi:10.1186/1755-8794- 4-72
- What does consent for future mean? What is the future? How far in the future can you provide consent for?
- What kind of outcomes can you predict from the microbiome? People are trying to predict a lot of different things. It remains to be seen what can actually be predicted.
- Can insurance companies access these predictions and discriminate? Is microbiome genetic data covered under GINA?
- Rob Knight looked into microbiome and violence at some point.
- It will be interesting to see how the field progresses.