So if you can’t get enough of guys (like our Randy Dotinga) who are willing to bare their genome for all to see, check out this dispatch from Harvard University Professor Steven Pinker in The New York Times.

Pinker is allowing his genome to be sequenced, and along with his medical history, posted to the internet. And he is chronicling his experience, just like Dotinga is doing for us.

Here is an excerpt from Pinker’s exhaustive account:

A firsthand familiarity with the code of life is bound to confront us with the emotional, moral and political baggage associated with the idea of our essential nature. People have long been familiar with tests for heritable diseases, and the use of genetics to trace ancestry — the new “Roots” — is becoming familiar as well. But we are only beginning to recognize that our genome also contains information about our temperaments and abilities. Affordable genotyping may offer new kinds of answers to the question “Who am I?” — to ruminations about our ancestry, our vulnerabilities, our character and our choices in life.

DAVID WASHBURN

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