Website Recruits People to Share Health Data for Studies

(Nature) – Open Humans, an online portal that encourages people in the United States to share their DNA and other medical data with researchers, launched on 24 March. The announcement generated discussion on social media that reflected both excitement and concerns over privacy. The website, created by researchers at New York University, the University of California in San Diego and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, is recruiting volunteers to provide personal health information for three separate research studies, with others potentially on the way.

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