Critics Circle: Genographic Project
First crop of critics of the Genographic Project have emerged. Here is an overview:
- involving the public may not be useful, involving the public is expensive, the volume of respondents may be surprisingly high (Andrew Paterson, a scientist at the genetics and genomic biology group at the Sick Kids Research Institute)
- control over sample collection is weak, self-reporting is often inaccurate, look-out for contamination of samples (Steven Scherer, senior scientist at the genetics and genomic biology group at the Sick Kids Research Institute)
- should have gone the extra mile and made a biobank of the DNA samples (Kenneth K. Kidd, professor of genetics and psychiatry at Yale Med)
- should have used DNA Genotek’s Oragene kit rather than buccal swabs (company CEO Ian Curry)
Sarah Lysecki. "National Geographic’s DNA database raises doubts" itbusiness.ca, 4/18/2005.