This comprehensive collection of DNA samples obtained from individuals arrested by an agent of a federal law enforcement agency will have several remarkable consequences. For example, if an information altruist, such as a volunteer for the Personal Genome Project, puts put on the web a substantial fraction of her genome, federal authorities will be able to trivially run a search program to see if any of them match the genomic characteristics of one of the previously arrested individuals. High-throughput genomics finally meets high-throughput forensics.
Today we launched a series of NIH Public Access Policy pages on the Countway web site. This is the official web site for the university’s guidance on the NIH policy, which goes into effect on April 7, 2008. The site represents a collaboration with the university’s Office of the General Counsel, the university sponsored programs offices, and our very own staff. Special thanks are due to Alexa McCray for her leadership in this matter and to David Hummel, Scott Lapinski, Doug Macfadden, and Halip Saifi, for creating this terrific resource under enormous time pressure. Please take a look at the site (https://www.countway.harvard.edu/publicaccess) when you have a chance.