This week, scientists unveiled the first phase results of a public/private effort known as the 1000 Genome Project, an effort to sequence and compare the genomes of 2500 people from around the world. In this initial phase, researchers have cataloged the genetic variations of some 800 people. The comparisons of those genomes, the researchers say, should yield 95 percent of the distinct variations that could be present in any one individual. We'll talk about the efforts, the projects goals, and the potential legal and ethical implications of amassing such a vast body of genetic knowledge.
Produced by Christopher Intagliata, Senior Producer