Genome hackingBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1322 (Published 01 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1322
- Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care, University College London
Here’s a new form of bad behaviour: hacking into someone’s genome. The 25 March issue of New Scientist helpfully told us how to do it.
Start by inviting someone out for a drink. At some point in the evening, surreptitiously pocket their glass. Send it to a DNA extraction company (choose from dozens on the internet). Wait a few weeks, and you will receive a vial containing a solution of your victim’s DNA through the post.
Next, send this vial to …