Who would have ever thought that Apple and DNA research would be words that would be used in the same sentence. It appears that the giant tech company is working on an app that would allow people to have DNA tests using their iPhones.
Apple might get involved in genetic research as it has been rumoured that the tech company’s plans are to collaborate with researchers to collect DNA for genetic studies.The plan will be part of the ResearchKit platform.
It appears that Apple is planning two researches.The first will be a collaboration with the University of California San Francisco and the second will be with Mount Sinai Hospital from New York.This means that its partners will be able to collect or have DNA tests trough a special designed iPhone app.
All the information will be stored by researchers in a computing cloud, but some specific discoveries could be posted straight on the consumer’s iPhone also. At one point users might actually have the option of sharing “my genes” just as easily as they are sharing their location. Apple has refused to make any comments on the news.
According to Apple, ResearchKit was launched in March and what it basically does is to gather information from patients through their iPhones.It has been said that the security of this procedure is very high.
ResearchKit creates a connection between health and fitness apps and allows them to communicate if the user gives his/hers permission. Just days after its release, thousands of iPhone users signed up to participate in studies for medical research.
People suffering from various conditions can choose to participate in different medical studies and surveys which are taken daily, or weekly or monthly. These studies will be analysed by medical experts. The aim of this is to improve the health of patients and find better ways of tending to their needs.
The app can use information such as blood pressure, weight, the levels of glucose and also the asthma inhaler use which can be taken from the IOS Health app. Apart from that, the software can also access the accelerometer from the phone, the gyroscope, the microphone and the GPS.
Previous ResearchKit apps covered areas of research for asthma, heart diseases, breast cancer, Parkinson disease and diabetes.
Researches on DNA will come as a great help in studying how genetics are influencing certain diseases. For example, a research will observe and analyse the factors that are leading to women giving birth prematurely, by using the gene tests taken by pregnant women and the other information collected through their iPhones.
People wanting to participate in a research would be required to take a saliva test and to send the kit to an Apple collaborator lab, which according to the report will be at Mount Sinai and the University of California San Francisco.
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