What One Journalist Is Learning From Exploring His Genome Sequence03:26
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A lab officer cuts a DNA fragment under UV light from an agarose gel for DNA sequencing on April 19, 2007 in Singapore. (Wong Maye-E/AP)
A lab officer cuts a DNA fragment under UV light from an agarose gel for DNA sequencing on April 19, 2007 in Singapore. (Wong Maye-E/AP)

These days, if you're interested in getting genetic testing done, it's pretty easy, either through a doctor or a company like 23andMe. But having your entire genome sequenced — and mining the raw data — is another thing altogether.

Journalist Carl Zimmer, who's been reporting on DNA sequencing and the human genome for more than 20 years, recently did just that.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with Zimmer, a national correspondent at the health and medicine publication STAT, about what he's learned from the scientists who've been exploring his genome sequence.

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Carl Zimmer, national correspondent at STAT and author of the series "Game Of Genomes." He tweets @carlzimmer.

This segment aired on July 13, 2016.

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