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Genome Researchers Wants Your Genes 165

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-say-intelligence-genes-i-say-smarty-pants dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) is looking for smart volunteers to donate their genes for analysis. They are seeking subjects with high intelligence; you can only qualify if you got a high score in SAT/ACT/GRE or got awards in competitions like Math/Physics Olympiads or TopCoder. They're also launching a drive to recruit US participants. Their first stop (PDF) appears to have been Google, which has run into trouble with the Chinese government. Also worth noting: BGI is registered in China as an 'Institutional Organization,' which by law requires it to report to a supervising governmental office or agency."
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Genome Researchers Wants Your Genes

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  • Intrusion (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Wowsers (1151731) on Saturday August 20, 2011 @05:08PM (#37156460) Journal
    After World War 2 people were appalled to find out that the Nazi government were building up files of peoples measurements of faces and other such measurements to show / prove their master race theory. Isn't having DNA taken the exact same thing? There should be outrage over this kind of thing and where it could possibly lead mankind.
  • by houghi (78078) on Saturday August 20, 2011 @05:19PM (#37156530)

    My great aunt has given her body to science so people will learn as to why she became that old. I would like to do the same thing, but be sure that not some Monsanto makes a shitload of money from it by patenting the shit out of my dead body.

    I would realy like it to be some sort of GPL where findings are actually intended for the general public.

    Does anybody have any experience with such a thing?

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