ResearchKit Stage Two: Apple Wants to Test Your DNA

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(IT Pro Portal) – It seems Apple now wants to test your DNA, but no – you won’t have to pee on your iPhone.

After successfully launching its platform for medical research last March, called ResearchKit, Apple is looking for ways to expand what it can do and the logical next step is to test your DNA, people familiar with the matter have told MIT.

“Apple launched ResearchKit and got a fantastic response. The obvious next thing is to collect DNA,” said Gholson Lyon, a geneticist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, who isn’t involved with the studies.

Apple wouldn’t directly scoop up your DNA, of course. That would be done by academic partners. The data would, however, be maintained by scientists in a computing cloud, and certain findings could appear directly on consumers’ iPhones.

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