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Posted on: May 17, 2021

How Blockchain In Genomic Sequence Can Ease Your Pain

Do you have a healthy future? Can you fight and win SARS-COV-2? Your genes have the power to reveal what disease you may face in the future and what medications will work for you. Genomic Sequence is the study of human genes, using which you can opt for personalized medicine. The UK, the USA, Australia and Iceland have recorded the maximum number of samples of the sequenced genome for SARS-COV-2.

Human DNA contains 3billions of 4 nucleobases, namely Adenine (A), Guanine (G), Thymine (T) and Cytosine (C). Around the world, there are scientists from 20 institutes who figure the orders of these nucleobases and study them to get to know more about genetic diseases and what drug will work on them for better results. As the cost to sequence, your genome has reduced to $1,000 from $10,000,000 in 16 years and is aimed to reduce to $100 in near future, many contributors are coming forward to share their DNA and help the genomic era to be more knowledgeable.

Each human being contains 150 Zettabytes of data, so how to store such a huge amount of data securely? Cloud can store such a huge amount of data and can be accessed from any place and device. But is it safe? No. That’s where blockchain comes in.

There are challenges to handle the data
  • Managing the data
  • Storing the data
  • Transmission of the data
  • Security and reliability of information stored in public databases.

Blockchain overcomes these challenges as it ensures who can access the data. This technology gives the right to the data owner to be anonymous and select who can take this data for research. This decentralized algorithm allows access to data from anywhere only if the person handling, is authorized to do so. The data is stored in an encrypted form, so there can be no third-party access, and the buyer (the researcher) can’t sell it for profit. The timestamped immutable property of this cryptographic technology forbids any change in the current block, and if there is any change, it will reflect and notify the owner, hence minimizing the hacking risk.

Financially speaking, Blockchain is predicted to save as much as $20 billion by secure management of universal health care records that include genomic and user-generated data. So, this golden child is not only securing data but can also be credited for taking care of our wealth in the long run.

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Suchismita

Suchismita Chakrabarty
Data Analyst – AI & ML

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