Google is going to create a genetic molecular map of an absolutely healthy person



    Google Corporation, or rather, its division of Google X, has launched a new, quite interesting project: creating a database of thousands of samples of genes and molecular structures of various people, to build a “map” of an absolutely healthy person. The base will be the genome / tissue samples of 175 people, the first volunteers, and a little later the company will add thousands more new samples.

    The project is called the Baseline Study, and its only goal now is to show us all what absolute health is.

    The project team will collect a huge amount of information, which, according to the authors of the project, will help in the future determine the disease according to the sample taken, thanks to the pattern / indicator of a specific disease. Specialists will be able to obtain such patterns after processing all the information received during the project. And these are tens and hundreds of thousands of samples of genetic material taken from thousands and thousands of volunteers.

    The authors of the project are sure that the Baseline Study will help not only to understand how best to treat a particular disease, and what causes it, but also to prevent the appearance of the disease with preventive methods. In general, in order to successfully fight the enemy, you need to know him - this is a well-known truth.

    The head of the project was Andrew Conrad, MD, who is currently gathering a team of about a hundred experts from various fields, including physiology, biochemistry, optics, and molecular biology. Previously, Andrew Conrad helped develop an inexpensive and practical HIV test for donor plasma samples.

    The Project Baseline will use the computing power of Google computer systems to identify “biomarkers” in the information collected, which will serve as an indicator of the presence or absence of certain diseases / abnormalities. At the same time, the authors of the project plan to learn how to identify such markers before the disease threatens the life of a person (and now, basically, markers are determined after the disease has entered the difficult phase).

    Implementation of the project has already begun, and samples of genetic material have been taken from 175 people, volunteers (mainly liquids, including tears). Samples enter the database completely anonymously; the clinic hired for selection does not include information such as names or social security numbers in the report.

    The genome of each person participating in the research will be sequenced, decrypted, and analyzed (by itself, such an analysis will be performed by computer systems, a person is simply unable to track such arrays of information). At the same time, it is also planned to record how quickly the body of a particular person assimilates food and drugs, how the person’s heart rate during stress increases, and some other parameters.

    It is unclear whether this project is related to Calico, a subsidiary of Google, which studies longevity issues. It may well be that it has.

    By the way, not so long ago, Google X introduced several more projects, including contact lenses with a glucose detector.

    Via theverge

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