Views & Reviews Outside the Box

Genome hacking

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 01 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1322
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care, University College London
  1. p.greenhalgh{at}

    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 …

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