The power of the phone
Such is the popularity of the iPhone, Research Kit was an immediate success. Just days after being announced, the system helped Stanford University gather a year’s worth of applicants (11,000) for a cardiovascular study in just 24 hours. Praising “the power of the phone,” Alan Yeung, medical director of Stanford Cardiovascular Health, said to get over 10,000 applicants enrolled on a study without Research Kit “would take a year and 50 medical centres around the country.”
Using the popular and cheaply produced “spit kits”, the DNA would be collected by academic partners of Apple, before being analysed and maintained by scientists in a computing cloud. But after this stage, certain pieces of DNA data could be downloaded and appear directly on the user’s iPhone in Apple’s pre-existing Health app, where more than 70 types of health data can be collected and stored.
Although Health’s most common use is to track a user’s daily steps (and sleep, using third-party fitness trackers), the app already contains clues of a much more comprehensive future. There are fields for entering your daily intake of milligrams of manganese, plus your blood pressure, electrodermal activity, blood alcohol content and much more than can be collected by health-tracking gadgets currently on sale.
The research could produce a revolution in medical research by allowing scientists to unravel how key genes involved in disease are influenced by a person’s lifestyle. But the projects, which are exploiting Apple’s ResearchKit software launched earlier this year, will raise concerns about why one of the world’s largest companies is interested in DNA analysis.
It may also raise fears about the security of data collected in this way following the embarrassing hacking scandal that saw private photographs stored on Apple’s iCloud being leaked to the public.
Apple has also been criticised for recording detailed history of its customers’ geographical locations over the past 10 months on their devices.
According to MIT Technology Review, Apple is involved with two studies that will collect DNA with research groups at the University of California, San Francisco, and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
The benefit of doing this would mean people wouldn’t have to record their fingerprints across multiple devices, which Apple described in the patent as ‘cumbersome.’
But, it would mean the fingerprints would be much easier, potentially, to be accessed by hackers.
In theory, hackers would be limited with what they could do with a file of a fingerprint, but last year a team of security researchers was able to recreate a physical print using just a high-resolution photo – highlighting the dangers.
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Beware….false science and things that bring good also bring about evil. I will decline such a study. MY DNA is fine where my heavenly father put it, in my body. Hospital records are available to identify who I am. The implications of this are nothing more than gathering intel for BEAST technology. Paving the way!
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