Which genes should I get sequenced?
December 16, 2011 3:12 PM Subscribe
Which of my genes should I have sequenced, mostly for an art project?
posted by metaBugs to science & nature (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have the resources to get stretches of my DNA sequenced. I want to generate some DNA sequences for use in a slightly odd "self portrait" art project.
So, if you were me, which gene(s) (or non-coding sequences) would you want to get sequenced?
My rough criteria are:
(a) Some variability between individuals; I'd prefer not to end up with a sequence identical to one I could've downloaded from NCBI.
(b) Encoding a known (and important/intresting) gene or non-translated region.
(c) Not expected to have too much in the way of complex structure (hairpins, etc)
My initial ideas are things like: A region of my HLA gene(s) and/or stretches of transcritionally active endogenous retroviruses (HERVs), which I assume aren't too strongly conserved. I'd prefer to stay away from anything too medically relevant, e.g. not Huntingtin.
Bonus points if you know the gene symbol and/or sequences for pre-designed primers, but no worries. I'm a molecular biologist but not a geneticist, so go easy on me!