In the Cloud

The Internet of Living Things—the storage of our genetic identities in a cloud network—continues toward reality as DNA sequencing becomes easier and more widely used.

Researchers are already deploying pocket-size genomic sequencers to detect pathogens in hospital outbreaks, and have sequenced 142 genomes of Ebola to produce results in under 24 hours.

The rub, however, exists in how our genetic, digital identities or bio-citizenships will be governed. Scientists believe tech giants alone shouldn’t have complete control over our DNA, so companies like Oxford Nanopore Technologies are attempting to democratize genomic sequencing.

Source: Scientific American

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