Apple Wants Your DNA

Using the iPhone for genetic studies

#Health

Fri, May 8th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Technology Review, Apple is working together with researchers to provide apps that would allow iPhone owners to get their DNA tested, permitting further expansion of the Internet of DNA.

In two initial studies planned, Apple isn’t going to directly collect or test DNA itself. That will be done by academic partners. The data would be maintained by scientists in a computing cloud, but certain findings could appear directly on consumers’ iPhones as well. Eventually, it’s even possible consumers might swipe to share “my genes” as easily as they do their location.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. But one person with knowledge of the plans said the company’s eventual aim is to “enable the individual to show and share” DNA information with different recipients, including organizers of scientific studies. This person, like others with knowledge of the research, spoke on condition of anonymity because of the company’s insistence on secrecy.

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