10 May Encrypted Genomic Data to Give Privacy to Research Participants
Computer scientists and mathematicians from MIT and Cambridge have recently developed a method of encrypting genetic data that allows anonymity while processing the genetic codes of as much as 23,000 individuals at once.
The process involves chopping up the sensitive data and keeping it on a network of separate servers. This makes the data more secure than if it everything were in one place and keeps it anonymous to as many people as possible.
It is said that the new encryption tool will allow researchers to scale up and analyze up to a million genomes at once. While it was pointed out that it is still impossible for subjects to remain truly anonymous while their genome is being studied, the tool still provides the greatest level of anonymity that is currently possible.