- It is quite straightforward to "edit" a mouse's genome during the critical half hour when the (unborn) mouse is unicellular. Theoretically this would be possible for humans too.
- The cool guys at Genes for Good are collecting data from the general public for scientific use, in exchange for a free reading of your genome (typical cost at 23andme: $100). They'll tell you about your genetic ancestry, and give you your data. You will need a Facebook account and to live in the US.
- GWAS studies have actually been very successful in discovering SNPs* associated with diseases and other traits
* Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms, i.e. a place where people's genomes differ by just one "letter"
- Most behavioural traits are probably affected by many, many genetic variants acting together, each with a tiny effect on the trait.
- SNP arrays (1 million independent variables per individual) are too easy. The cool new thing is sequencing data with billions of independent variables per individual.
The workshop is here and if you want to learn statistical methods for genetics it is an absolutely awesome event.