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Google takes on the human body in a new project to find out what a healthy person looks like

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Posted in Science on 26th Jul, 2014 04:46 AM by AlexMuller

Google is joining the quest to map the human body, except it’s not just tackling one part of the body, it’s going whole hog to find answers to questions scientists still have about the way the body works, and what defines a healthy person.

 
The new project out of Google X, called Baseline Study, will collect genetic and molecular data from 175 anonymous people in an attempt to piece together an exquisitely detailed picture of what makes up a healthy human being, reports the Wall Street Journal. Google’s researchers will be collecting a broad set of data from a range of people with varying levels of health. The project then relies on Google’s strong computing power to decode all the gathered information and reveal patterns or biomarkers.
 
For example, some people are more prone to osteoporosis than others. Knowing how individuals process and break down various nutrients could help doctors understand what makes someone less likely to develop brittle bones. A lot of nonsense flies around via magazines and word of mouth about what healthy behavior is and how diet plays a roll, but a lot of that is guess work. Many unknowns still remain when it comes to the complex interactions between DNA, enzymes, and proteins and how environmental factors like food fit in.
 
Baseline is not the first body mapping project; plenty of others have come before. But existing studies tend to focus on a particular disease or part of the body. This is also not Google’s first dance with genetic research. The company is also working on a study called Calico that the media has dubbed its “anti-aging” study. That mysterious project was revealed last September and includes major genetic research players like Hal Barron, a former chief medical officer at Genentech.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-26
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Google is getting involved in genetics of well being and ageing - this a good thing as they could help with resources. We have to also put this into perspective - there is a great deal of effort in this direction in prestigious academic institutions backed by the governments.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-26
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Yes, ageing is the topic that needs urgent attention and continue to be focus of attention. This Baseline Study and Calico are joining many other institutions in addressing this issue
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-26
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Ageing is an important topic for the future, with more and more people living longer. There is no reason that companies such as Google should not get involved Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-26
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Yes, as the average human life expectancy has increased, so too has the impact of ageing and age-related disease on our society. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-26
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Finding out main factors involved in ageing is the key for all these disciplines of research Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-26
+1
Chronic inflammation appears to be a major culprit in diseases of ageing. The immune system vitally fights infection but too much of a good thing turns bad in the long run Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-26
+2
Genes matter, too, when it comes to ageing. Evidence was available from experiments on a t worm, C. elegans, two decades ago.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-26
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Yes, genetics offer many findings about ageing and it is not surprising that Google recruited some of the best Reply
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