Google Wants Your Body's Data
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What makes for a healthy body? That’s what Google plans to find out in its ambitious project called Baseline Study, which will collect anonymous genetic and molecular information from 175 individuals in a move towards prevention, rather than treatment, of conditions and diseases. Hundred of samples will be evaluated using diagnostic tools and computers to locate biomarkers for disease detection. While most biomarkers discovered have been for late-stage diseases, the researchers hope that by using healthy patients in this study the ultimate goal can be on biomarkers for prevention. After the initial pilot program, the study will be expanded to include thousands more people for a larger and more broad dataset than anything currently existing today. The Google X Life Sciences group is also working on wearable devices to collect data on cardiovascular activity and oxygen levels that will be used by study participants to further provide data. A smart contact lens that monitors glucose levels, also developed by the Google research team, will be used in the study.
Google Inc. (GOOGL -0.82%) has embarked on what may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever: a quest inside the human body. Called Baseline Study, the project will collect anonymous genetic and molecular information from 175 people—and later thousands more—to create what the company hopes will be the fullest picture of what a healthy human being should be.
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