How one person’s desire to know if his vitamins really worked became a set of tools for doing open, crowd-sourced health experiments. By combining data and analysis from engaged individuals, we can answer big questions traditionally asked exclusively by pharma companies and research institutions. And for less than 1/1000 of the cost.
Preventive medicine is a grand challenge. A key step is establishing baseline markers of wellness and pre-clinical interventions using personalized genomic data and phenotypic data. DIYgenomics has created such a methodology and completed a MTHFR/Vitamin B deficiency pilot study. An aging study is in enrollment, and other studies are in design for Vitamin D, metabolism, and mental performance.
Open source serves as a superb platform for collaborative R&D and the practice of Open Science. In this panel three members of the research community discuss ways to fund, support, and grow research programs based on open source practices.