DNA the Original Blockchain
Protect the Single String of Code that Expresses and Describes Every Detail of Your Individuality
1.) DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the hereditary material in humans and almost all other organisms. Nearly every cell in a person’s body has the same DNA. Most DNA is located in the cell nucleus (where it is called nuclear DNA. An important property of DNA is that it can replicate or make copies of itself. Each strand of DNA in the double helix can serve as a pattern for duplicating the sequence of bases. This is critical when cells divide because each new cell needs to have an exact copy of the DNA present in the old cell.
Similarly, blockchain transactions are recorded chronologically, forming an immutable chain, and depending upon the type of blockchain, it can be private or anonymous depending on how the technology is implemented. The ledger is distributed across participants in the network — it doesn’t exist in one place. Instead, copies exist and are simultaneously updated with every fully participating node in the ecosystem in the same way that DNA is replicated in nearly every cell.
2.) Interpreting the human genome sequence has been one of the major scientific endeavors of our time. In February 2001, when the human genome reference sequence was initially released (Lander et al. 2001), our understanding of the encoded contents was surprisingly limited. Over the course of time and with increasingly improved technologies our understanding of DNA continues to improve. The ease with which we can get our DNA tested is unprecedented and with each passing day it becomes more affordable. Millions of individuals have voluntarily paid to have their DNA tested, whether to gain insights to their genetic heredity or for health purposes such as understanding what if any conditions you may carry in your DNA.
Today if you engage with an organization for DNA testing, chances are good you signed some type of Terms of Service form, paid for the test and eventually got your results. What you probably didn’t realize is you released your DNA data to said organization who reserves the rights to sell your data to whoever is approved to purchase it. You have lost all control of who gains access to your data and any monetary benefits associated with it.
I believe we have arrived at that moment in time where several things are happening in parallel should cause us to rise up and take action.
First, we have a new, working knowledge of DNA testing companies business model: Gather your DNA, gain control over it and monetize it.
Second, we have entered into a moment in history where we as consumers are realizing that corporations all around us are gathering data on us and from us and selling it to the highest bidder. Government is questioning it, consumers are crying out against it and your voice matters. If ever there was a time to get educated, speak up and speak out, now is it.
Third, there is finally technology that can be leveraged to change the dynamics of the current marketplace. I introduced you to it earlier and it’s called Blockchain. Blockchain is designed to place the individual at the center of the data ownership, by empowering you to own your own data on your very own node and then choose whether or not you wish to sell it. If you do, the marketplace is brought to you. You now can monetize your data and over time it will grow into a passive income that only time will tell how much it will be worth. More importantly if you don’t want to sell it, that’s YOUR choice.
Fourth and most important: There is only ONE YOU. There is only one me. You can never go get a new “DNA” like you can get a new credit card when your DNA is “stolen” or used in a way that that is disagreeable to you. You should be in control of what is essentially your personal blueprint. When tested it becomes the digital representation of YOU. No, it can’t be anatomized, how could it? There’s only ONE YOU. By the sheer nature of it being DNA, that’s impossible. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It would take many more blogs to talk about all the possible uses of your DNA, some good, some great, some terrible. The fact that you don’t or won’t have control over it should scare each of us.
Here at TimiHealth we can’t predict the value of your DNA over time, what we can say is that it IS valuable. As the value is defined by the marketplace, TimiHealth will bring it to you.
My goal with this blog is to empower every individual with the idea that you do have a choice. You can be in control of your DNA and I think each of us should be. And given the choice, why wouldn’t you want that? Very soon we will be launching. We’ll let you know when it’s live, but the purpose is to allow each of us to petition for control over our very personal DNA. In the coming years, the importance of DNA will only grow in importance to all areas of our lives. The time is now to raise awareness, fight for your rights over your digitized self and gain control over it.