Sláinte! The “first” Irish genome reported

Another day, another genome.  This time it’s someone who likely shares my ancestry.  Most of the #genomics twitter buzz today is about the publication of the so-called “first” Irish genome.  Although one tweep suggests it isn’t the first, it’s the first one I’ve had a look at.  (Could these both be the same individual though? I haven’t been able to figure that out yet.)

You can see more at via this tweet from BMC_series:

Begorrah! It’s the first Irish Genome in @GenomeBiology #OA #Genome

Anyway, I took a quick pass through the paper and didn’t find anything particularly stunning or unusual about it. A single individual is an anecdote, as far as I’m concerned. Much larger conclusions are not something I’d rely on from this. They do a nice job providing the references for the software tools they were using, such as SIFT and GOrilla.

Anyway, more data is better. It’s nice to have in the collection.


Sequencing and analysis of an Irish human genome. Pin Tong, James GD Prendergast, Amanda J Lohan, Susan M Farrington, Simon Cronin, Nial Friel, Dan G Bradley, Orla Hardiman, Alex Evans, James F Wilson and Brendan J Loftus

Genome Biology 2010, 11:R91 doi:10.1186/gb-2010-11-9-r91