When I watched the PredictionX interview with George Church, I was surprised to learn the reasons why people may or may not want to learn more about their genomes. While I can understand why it might cause people stress and anxiety if they know more about their genetics, I agreed with Professor Goodman that if someone else knows about my genetics then I would also want to know. Further, I would want to be able to conduct additional research on any genetic diseases that I had and contribute to the development of new medical findings by participating in medical studies, as Church also suggested. One specific piece of information that I found surprising is that 80% of the families who influence the gender of their child decide to have girls. I found Church’s comment that this fact is not consistent in all countries interesting and I would be interested in learning about how that statistic might vary across different countries.
Although it might seem that different fields of science might have different modeling techniques, Professor Goodman suggested that methods of processing and understanding information are consistent across different fields of science. Therefore, I found it surprising that genome modeling and astronomy can have similar methods of 3D reconstruction.
Just as a side note, I was interested in watching the interview with George Church because I recently read a Wall Street Journal article that discussed a recent World Health Organization report on the origins of COVID-19. The article, linked here, explained that genome analysis revealed that the COVID-19 virus was not purposefully developed in a lab.
Here’s the link to the interview with George Church!