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Genome Researchers Wants Your Genes 165

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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