DNAdigest: Secure Sharing of Genomics Data for Research

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The genomics revolution is already here

The techniques for researching and characterising genomics diseases are available to both researchers (next generation DNA sequencing) and the general public (in the form of personal testing), so we should soon be able to diagnose any genetic disease by sequencing a patient’s DNA.
This is the ultimate goal of research into all genetic diseases, including into hereditary diseases and cancer.

But the sharing of the data isn’t

However, while data output is flooding research centres around the world and genomics results are published in highly prestigious journals, the sharing of the data that enables this research is embarrassingly limited.

The data ownership, the legal consent of the patients involved, the privacy of the patients involved and the mere volume and complexity of these datasets are a major hindrance to sharing of personal genetics data.

So genetic discoveries remain hidden

As a result, many research units are currently maintaining their own ‘silos’ of potentially valuable sequence and patient data. Needless to say, there may be several big genetic discoveries “out there” already sequenced, but not discovered, because no-one has had the means to bring together the matching pieces of the puzzle.

We want to secure the data, share the knowledge.

DNAdigest works to promote and enable easier and more efficient sharing of genomics data for research. We educate and engage the community about the hurdles and dilemmas for data sharing as faced from the perspective of stakeholders in academia, industry and patient communities. As part of our work we are working with our community and supporters to prototype new mechanisms and concepts for data sharing and data access.

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