When the NYTimes ran a front-page story on the failure of the individual genome to predict disease, my thoughts immediately went down the street.
Knome Inc is a company near my Cambridge office that is famous for sequencing Ozzy Osbourne’s genome. Here, I must admit — I found that out by reading the Weekly World News — the kitschy tabloid that is now an insert into another tabloid. A colleague used to read it out loud in the newsroom for laughs. So, every once in a while, I need to get my dose of that alien who likes to meet with politicians. ( A whole bunch will arrive in time for the Nov. election, they report.) And there is Ed Anger — the columnist whose misguided outrage is only matched by classic SNL’s Rosanne Rossanadanna.
So, I headed over to the former furniture factory at 25 First Street for a talk with the company’s scientific director, Nathan Pearson. Find the results on my post at Nature Boston.