Apple likely to find willing customer base to harvest DNA data which may revolutionize research

Apple likely to find willing customer base to harvest DNA data which may revolutionize research
We have all heard or read about the grand plans Apple has for its ResearchKit, a set of tools that were made available in March, enabling researchers to gather data directly from opt-in users in various studies.

The first five applications allow end users to submit information about asthma, breast cancer, diabetes, heart health, and Parkinson’s. The heart health study had more than 11,000 people sign up within the first day it was available.

Apple’s ResearchKit is going to be part of an expanded vision, not only relying on user-inputted data for studies, but also allow studies where DNA samples can be collected and measured along with user delivered data. According to MIT Technology Review, Apple is working with scientists on ResearchKit for just such a purpose.

One of the studies being developed would look at causes of premature birth. It would combine gene tests with data collected from an expectant mother’s iPhone. Down the road, it is conceivable that one could simply authorize sharing of his or her DNA to a study (iGenes?). Such an option could be leveraged via TouchID.

For the near-term, the studies being planned for DNA collection, the researchers, not Apple, will send kits to users to gather samples. Needless to say, if even a fraction of Apple’s user base can be accessed for some of these studies, the data pool will be much larger than previously feasible. The mobile apps would make it easier to update and gather additional information as needed. The trove of data and user participation could spark the beginning of a sea-change in medical research.

source: Business Insider



1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1704; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

next minute, liver, kidney harvesting.

3. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Apple are going to sell the info to rich and inluential people in need of an organ transplant. Then they can send their thugs to kidnap you and cut out the necessary organs. I bet Rockefeller is already waiting for his 7th hearth transplant :D.

2. vuyonc

Posts: 1092; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Soon, Apple will be able to identify the organs you sold to buy their products *puts on tinfoil hat*

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22859; Member since: May 28, 2014

"Trove of data"? This does not bode well for the public, IMO. Apple has already been implicated in collecting your data and selling it. Now they will have even more information to sell. Apple also isn't known for its security. What's guarantees do we have that your information will be secure enough? I am always weary of any cell phone manufacturer that wants so much of my personal information.

24. AlikMalix unregistered

...."Apple has already been implicated in collecting your data and selling it" WHAT? Link please... ..."This does not bode well for the public"... if you mean public = a few apple haters on the internet like you? This is voluntery, bro. Some people have loved ones or themselves that are in need of a breakthrough - Apple will provide the opportunity (go research how source gathering may work for research labs specifically with Apple Watch) - this information has never been possible to gather at this detail before the smartwatch - Apple is the only company willing to work with research doctors on this level. Yes any info on the internet is prone to be exploited whether its on Apple's, Google's, MSoft's, or Government servers - some just take risks - like you did when you open a credit card, bank account, sing up for a Google Service or w/e... Just stop hating...

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22859; Member since: May 28, 2014 And there is more. Much more. Just because I'm against something like this doesn't mean I'm an "Apple hater". I happen to think that ALL OS's have their good points and their flaws. People should use what works for them, period. But that doesn't mean that individuals should blindly follow whatever their favorite OEM does, like you do. You're calling me a hater, and yet I've seen you here on PA MANY TIMES hating on Android. All I'm doing is pointing out a legitimate concern. You push pure hate. And NO, Apple isn't the only company company "willing to work with research doctors on this level" or the first to deal with health care professionals on this level. What do you think BlackBerry is doing with Nanthealth? Why do you think they made such an investment in the health care industry? Stop letting your fanboyism blind you to the good that other companies do. I knew that some !Diot iTard was going to take what I said out of context, and behold! It's you. If you're reading comprehension skills were up to it, you would have noticed that my last sentence said that "I am weary of any cell phone manufacturer that wants so much of my personal information". Key words: ANY CELL PHONE MANUFACTURER. Stop being such a fanboy and take what I'm saying for what it ACTUALLY MEANS, and NOT for what you THINK it means.

5. gaming64 unregistered

Apple doing sci-fi mode? Seriously? Can't we just all feed the poor?

8. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

If all this research is going to be based on iSheep genes, the scientists will have very sad conclusions about humanity's state and will find that we are very far from being the smartest species on the planet.

26. AlikMalix unregistered

I dont believe these surveys, but you're asking for it buddy:

31. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

You're right about one thing, and that's not believing in these surveys. All this is is a representation of the typical college kid, with an iPhone on hand to feel like they're part of the crowd. And besides, it's not like just graduating makes you smart these days. All you are now is the product of a system that's all about milking money out of the student teaching useless things you'll never need. It's unfortunate how I see so many people come from other countries' education systems and they seem so much better prepared.

32. AlikMalix unregistered

What the hell are you talking about? Your post #8 was a stupid biased piece of s**t. And I posted a link that proves you wrong if there was anything to post - your retarded brain still thinks that people who buy iPhones are dumber than you, why? Wtf do you know about other people? Shut your hole buddy, and grow the f**k up and don't ever fucken agree with me, ever.

33. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Get a life.

34. AlikMalix unregistered

I got a life, but I don't use it to call other people stupid, sheep, idiots for buying android because it doesn't suit me at all and only made my life difficult when I tried it. Stop calling other people names for buying what they want with their own money and concentrate on device you know more about if u want by respect.

9. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Are people aware Apple isnt able to see your medical data? What happens between the Doc/Researcher and you/patent is private and is encrypted to pervent even Apple itself to view it. They already went though this. All apple is doing is working with Doc/Researchers to help created new channels of communications, Apple will have nothing to do with the tests or the results. And if you think Apple is bad at selling your personal infomation then sorry Google fans xD but your F'ed.

10. Sauce5 unregistered

But the Android fanboys living out of their moms basements who ring bells and blow whistles when they want food delivered down the stairs to fuel their overweight greasey bodies because they play WoW all day don't know that.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31773; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sounds like Allan from "The Hangover".

17. Sauce5 unregistered

Plot twist: SamsungPhanboy is Allan.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31773; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol ;)

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22859; Member since: May 28, 2014

If you honestly think that Apple will not have access to data that they themselves will be collecting, then I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn. I'll even give you a discount.

23. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

You really are dumb nothing on a cell phone or watch with Internet is safe dummy

21. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Haha this reminds me of the human ipad episode from south park. It's starting to happen, I called it.

22. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Innovate something else!

29. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I don't think it would be a good idea to do DNA tests. Apple watch can't measure the heart rate better than the specific medicinal devices that are made for that matter, the same would be for that mobilized apple device. Unlike other infos you only have to give it once, so give it on a proper device at the medical center.

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