#genomics @Yunus_Centre @GrameenFdn @eric_lander The DNA Microcredit Revn: Donate your Data in India thx2 microcredit http://t.co/PNz49nzzs4
— CATHERINE COSTE (@cathcoste) December 27, 2013
The DNA Microcredit Revn:Donate your Data in India thx2 microcredit #CDoM #genomics http://t.co/PNz49nzzs4 @EricTopol pic.twitter.com/1ac9MVLNlw
— CATHERINE COSTE (@cathcoste) December 26, 2013
Meet the Made-in-India Cancer Genome Project: Donate your DNA data, thanks to microcredit
Microfinance for DNA Data Sharing
Using Microcredit (microfinance) for some made-in-India Human Cancer Genome Project?
Wanna get some better, affordable and personalized medicine?
MICROCREDIT YOUR DNA!
We can donate our vital organs upon our death... Now it seems that we can even donate... our data.
"Our project aims to enable citizens to donate their data upon their death." https://www.newschallenge.org/challenge/healthdata/entries/check-yes-to-release-your-data …
But... why wait for somebody's death??
I dunno if you are familiar with India and Bangladesh -- well I am a tiny bit. You find people all over the place, willing to sell their hair (women, for the worldwide hair extension market), their blood, a kidney (er that one falls under the organ trafficking category), etc.
Now how about cancer and healthy (but not wealthy) patients who could trade their DNA data for some rice or medicine or... a microloan?
Remember the microcredit (microfinance)? Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his work providing microcredit services to the poor.
Would you rather give your data, or... a vital organ?
The speed of progress in the human genome science is mind blowing... However, curing cancer will request a lot of sharing work from patients worldwide... India is a good place to start...
Big Pharma / Big Biotech are both powerful and greedy. Any power calls for a counter-power. With no counter-power at all, "big pharma" is very likely to turn into "pig pharma" -- consuming Chinese human guinea pigs, that is...