Live music – check. Dance performances – check. Plentiful food stalls and more cake than the Great British Bake off final – check. All key elements of any good festival, and all were to be found at the Bloomsbury Festival this past weekend. But what about bioethics?
We are used to numbers getting extreme. The European Bioinformatics Institute has its 1,000 genomes. The UK10K project is looking at ten times that number of exomes. Now we have the Government’s 100,000 genomes project and China’s BGI has announced the intention to sequence a million. If biology crossed the threshold of ‘big science’ with the Human Genome Project all those years ago, it is now making itself at home there.