Report: Apple Is Building Apps To Help Genetic Studies
Apple is reportedly working on a project with U.S researchers that can play a significant role in the genetic studies. According to the details, the Cupertino company is planning to launch apps that can ensure feasible DNA testing of the users of iPhone and iPad.
The entire collection of data, about the consumer DNA, can be assembled in an online cloud. This will add a lot of value to the medical studies that rely on human genetics in one way or another. One such study, that will be served by Apple, is being carried at University of California, San Francisco.
“Now Apple is closely involved in shaping initial studies that will collect DNA. One, planned by the University of California, San Francisco, would study causes of premature birth by combining gene tests with other data collected on the phones of expectant mothers. A different study would be led by Mount Sinai Hospital in New York,” reads the report.
Apple will build the apps through its recently launched software platform, ResearchKit. Apple launched the aforesaid platform to facilitate medical researchers in data collection — the task which is performed through devices’ sensors or by conducting surveys from the iPhone users. Now the tool for DNA testing is expected to come by mid of this year.
As the report observes, moves such as this by Apple can make DNA testing as convenient as other simple operations like photo and location sharing.
If users want to participate in any of the valuable studies about human health, they have to give their consent for a DNA test.