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February 7, 2018

Luna DNA Uses Blockchain to Share Genomic Data as a “Public Benefit”

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  • Genetics/Genomics

Xconomy – A San Diego startup says it has adapted the blockchain technology that underpins digital currencies like Bitcoin for use as a distributed database for genomic information.

Luna DNA’s efforts mark one of the early attempts to apply blockchain technology in healthcare, as advocates of the much-hyped technology try to make use of it in sectors other than cryptocurrencies.

Co-founder and CEO Bob Kain told Xconomy in a recent interview that Luna DNA uses blockchain technology so that individuals who get their genome sequenced can take ownership of their personal genomic data as a “digital asset.” Kain said part of the appeal of using blockchain technology to store sensitive health information is that such systems operate as “a decentralized and immutable ledger,” meaning it would be very difficult for the data to be altered or destroyed.

Read more at Xconomy.

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