For a really long time people think research is the stuff of scientists. They never thought some they could participate and become an important part of some research.
Things are a little different for genomics
studies. Firstly, genomics
is a study which contains many fields including structural genomics
( aiming at whole genome sequencing
) and functional genomics
( aiming at identification of gene
function). With the increase of the depth and the breadth of research, scientists are no longer satisfied with the data
It’s really a brilliant idea of DNA
,Land. This project was presented by Erlich at the New York Genome
Center and Columbia University in New York.
is a web platform that encourages people to share their genome sequencing data
here. This platform will compare the sequencing data
of people so they can know their natives and ancestors. And the data
shared by customers will not be sold for profits. It only used for genetic
research. For now, 5,326 customers have shared their data
on this platform.
It seems a good news
for researchers. It will be a big cost if they want to know the sequencing data
of nearly 5,000 people. And it saves time of data screening
But how to attract people to donate their data
According to the supporter of this project, Meyer, the platform itself has the attraction on genetic
genealogists. They want to know more information about their family tree and unknown natives. For other people, this project is fun, but they need a bit more return.
In fact, if people find themselves are useful and important in many studies, they will be proud and willing to donate their data
to do some meaningful things. Maybe the website planner and researchers can let the public know their strength on genomics
studies. For example, put the donors’ names in the research result, and make a list of those names( Of course based on the will of donors). By this way public will know that their data
are used for meaningful things instead of being sold for profits. This could make this platform more attractive for donors.