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An overview of the blockchain genomics trend

An overview of the blockchain genomics trend

19 March 2018, benthamsgaze.org

In 2014, Harvard professor and geneticist George Church said: “‘Preserving your genetic material indefinitely’ is an interesting claim. The record for storage of non-living DNA is now 700,000 years….Read more >>>

Solve genomics with the blockchain? Why the hell not

Start-ups are clamoring to use cryptocurrency software to get and trade genome sequences—for research and profit

21 February 2018, Wired

Scientist lust after genomes like the wolf from a Tex Avery cartoon, heart pounding in throat, tongue lolling, fist pounding on the table, submarine-dive-ahOOOgah!-alarm sounding….Read more >>>

Apple, in Sign of Health Ambitions, Adds Medical Records Feature for iPhone

In the latest indication of Apple’s growing ambitions in the digital health market, the tech giant on Wednesday unveiled a new feature that would allow users to automatically download and see parts of their medical records on their iPhones.

24 January 2018, The New York Times

It takes just a few minutes to put some spit into a vial, but that little bit of spit can yield volumes of deeply intimate data…Read more >>>

The Present and Future Asymmetry of Consumer Genetic Testing

Taking a DNA test to learn about your ancestry or health can be fun, but it requires the transfer of sensitive information: your genetic data. 

18 December 2017, Metro USA

It takes just a few minutes to put some spit into a vial, but that little bit of spit can yield volumes of deeply intimate data…Read more >>>

How privacy policies affect genetic testing

Study: State-level disclosure laws affect patients’ eagerness to have their DNA tested

12 December 2017, MIT News Office

 

Different types of privacy laws in U.S. states produce markedly different effects on the willingness of patients to have genetic testing done, according to a new study co-authored by an MIT professor… Read more >>>