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Digital Health: Distributed Ledger Technology for Genomics


Information on the Thesis

Type of Final Thesis: Bachelor, Master
Supervisor: Scott Thiebes
Research Group: Critical Information Infrastructures

Archive Number: 4.404
Status of Thesis: Open
Date of start: 2018-12-18

Further Information
Background:

Recently, Distributed ledger technology (DLT; e.g., Blockchain) emerged as a means to enable immutable transactions between untrustworthy parties, which are kept in a consistent state through automated, algorithm-based consensus building mechanisms, thus eliminating the need for third-party trust enforcement. In genomics, DLT’s recent popularity has led to the formation of several startups that mostly aim to establish market places where individuals can resell access to their personal genome data in exchange for some crypto currencies. However, these platforms are still in their infancy and many questions with regard to the application of DLT in genomics remain unanswered.


Objective(s):

The objective of this thesis is to conceptualize and develop a prototype of a DLT-based genome data sharing platform.


Introductory literature:

https://genome.cshlp.org/content/28/9/1255.short

https://academic.oup.com/jamia/advance-article/doi/10.1093/jamia/ocy149/5211361