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SNPedia (pronounced "snipedia") is a wiki-based bioinformatics web site that serves as a database of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Each article on a SNP provides a short description, links to scientific articles and personal genomics web sites, as well as microarray information about that SNP. Thus SNPedia may support the interpretation of results of personal genotyping from, e.g., 23andMe, Navigenics, deCODEme or Knome.[1]

SNPedia is a semantic wiki, powered by MediaWiki and the Semantic MediaWiki extension.

In a June 2008 article on personal genomics, a doctor from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine said:

The availability of online tools such as SNPedia means we are now in the position where the patient often knows more about their risk implications than their doctor [...][2]

According to the journal Science, SNPedia is run by "by two biotech veterans in Bethesda, Maryland":[3] geneticist Greg Lennon[4] and Mike Cariaso.[5]

In September 2009, the website claimed to have 7,938 SNPs in their database.[6]



An associated freeware computer program called Promethease, also developed by the SNPedia team, allows users to compare personal genetics results against the SNPedia database, generating a report with information about a person's attributes, such as propensity to diseases, based on the presence of specific SNP's within their genome.[5]

In May 2008 Cariaso, using Promethease, won an online contest sponsored by 23andMe to determine as much information as possible about an anonymous woman based only on her genome. Cariaso won in all three categories of "accuracy, creativity and cleverness".[7] In 2009, the anonymous woman ("Lilly Mendel") was revealed to be 23andMe co-founder, Linda Avey, allowing a direct comparison between her actual traits and those predicted by Promethease a year earlier.[8]

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