Happy National DNA Day!

Here are some things I’ve stumbled on recently that I think might make playing with DNA more fun or interesting, and help integrate the process of learning about our own personal DNA more relevant to our own personal health. Good stuff, eh?

Genes for Good
Genes For Good

“Participants in Genes for Good have a unique opportunity to learn about their health, behavior, and ancestors. Any information you provide to the study is yours to visualize using plotting tools available in the App itself. If you like, you can also download the information. After all, it’s your information and you should be able to do with it what you wish.”

Open Human
Open Humans

“Open Humans helps you connect to exciting and innovative research studies – and gives you access to the data they produce from you.
– find exciting studies to join
– access to your raw data
– share your data with others
– connect with other members
– let others see your contribution to science!”

NOTE: They are partners with the Personal Genome Project AND American Gut!

Apple ResearchKit
Apple Research Kit

“Until now, taking part in a medical study has usually required traveling to a hospital or facility to complete tasks and fill out questionnaires. With ResearchKit, you can use your iPhone to perform activities and generate data wherever you are, providing a source of information that is more objective than ever possible before. This is invaluable to the progress of medical research — and we can all have a hand in it.
What’s more, many of the apps built with ResearchKit will enable you to track your own data and potentially discover correlations between symptoms and daily actions such as diet or exercise.”

Apple Health Kit
Apple Health Kit

“The new Health app gives you an easy‑to‑read dashboard of your health and fitness data. And we’ve created a new tool for developers called HealthKit, which allows all the incredible health and fitness apps to work together, and work harder, for you. It just might be the beginning of a health revolution.”

Panometer (we're measuring everything)

The Panometer is at this moment, vaporware, but I went to a presentation with the inventor and heard what he’s imagining. It’s pretty exciting. So, what if we could measure, link, and visualize in a meaningful way, our genetic data, our environment (exposome), our experience, our health metrics, our behavior, and our social streams in a way that is both private and persona, creating tools that help us make informed decisions about our lives and how to make them better and more personally satisfying? Doesn’t the idea make you feel happy?



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