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  • Apple's iPhone Could Become a New Tool in Genetic Studies


    Apple is reportedly collaborating with researchers on new ResearchKit-based iPhone apps that are set to allow people to go through DNA testing. The apps may even allow the DNA testing to take place for the first time for scientific analysis and research in some cases.

    Sources told the MIT Technology Review that two initial studies will be conducted with participants being asked to submit DNA samples to the academic organizations in charge of the research. The data is set to be maintained in a cloud database that will be controlled and run by scientists. That being said, the findings may be displayed on participants’ iPhones, which leads to new info. One of the sources said that Apple is hoping to eventually let people share their DNA data with other parties, including organizes of various research efforts.

    The Cupertino California company reportedly wants the apps to be finished in time for its Worldwide Developers Conference, which is set to take place on June 8. That being said, one of the sources claimed that the app-based DNA studies could be canceled at any time so it isn’t certain if the WWDC date will be accurate.

    As of right now, one of the studies is taking place in the University of California San Francisco while the other is taking place at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital. Apple and an institutional review board are set to reportedly decide whether or not to grant approval. The people who are joining one of the projects are currently expected to send a DNA sample such as saliva, to an Apple-authorized lab. The labs are said to be ones that are obviously run by Mount Sinai and UCSF. As opposed to sequencing entire genomes, the labs are to concentrate on disease-connected genes, which should keep the cost of each test to a few hundred dollars or less.

    We’ll have to wait and see how the testing works out and if Apple ends up moving forward with the idea.

    Source: MIT Technology Review via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's iPhone Could Become a New Tool in Genetic Studies started by Akshay Masand View original post