Whole Genome Sequencing of Fukushima’s People
At the end of August, Mr. Hosono, the Japanese minister for the environment, announced, that the ministry aims to perform whole genome sequencing (WGS) of people who live around the disabled “Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station”. He said that the WGS project will not be able to relieve concerns immediately, but it will make an important provision for the future. According to Mr. Hosono the main target group for WGS will be children.
These genomic analyses face many problems including the aspect of experiments with humans, maintaining confidentiality, discovery of information according to need, and others. This story reminds me once more that NGS technologies start to have social impacts.