Google searches for health

The latest project from Google’s high-risk, secretive research arm, Google X, focuses on defining health for human beings. According to the Wall Street Journal, which broke the newsin July, an initial pilot of the so-called “Baseline Study” will collect biological samples from 175 healthy individuals. The samples, which include blood, saliva, urine, and tears, will then be analyzed and the resulting data mined by Google X in order to find genetic and biochemical patterns that correlate with health. ScienceInsider reports that, after the pilot, Google X plans to enroll thousands more participants through collaborations with Duke University and Stanford University.

Read more at the Duke Science & Society blog.

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