more than 10 million people have undergone DNA testing, with 1 billion
predicted to do so by 2025. There are a number of emerging trends driving this
- The need
on the part of pharmaceutical companies to capture genetic data for the development
of new drugs
goods companies and their use of genomics for product personalization
monopolization of genomic databases by large business enterprises, leading to
an increase in prices and barriers to scientific progress
- The use
of genomics becoming the main data generator on the internet in the next 10
the Zenome project, a blockchain-driven database of genomic information that
allows consumers to manage their own genomic data while maintaining privacy and
profiting from providing access to research institutions and other bioscience
In an interview with Distributed.com, Alexey Gorbachev,
co-founder of the Zenome Foundation, explored Zenome’s evolution and what it
might mean for the future of genomics.
Zenome’s value proposition and vision in this space?
a decentralized database owned by the community in which the internal
cryptocurrency, the ZNA, incentivizes Zenome’s users to contribute their genomic
data by filling out questionnaires with their medical and other personal
you discover blockchain technology and why is it critical for building this
we made a genetic analysis for a well-known entrepreneur who introduced us to
the crypto world and we became excited about the idea of decentralized systems
in genomics. We suddenly realized that for personal genomics, blockchain
technology is the missing piece of the puzzle for the entire picture. It can
provide access to genomic data for a wide range of researchers and create a
system for collecting structured personal information.
all of this benefit healthcare consumers?
evident that there was a need to create decentralized storage for genomic data
to enable the free exchange of genomic and personal information between
participants. Users have a financial motivation to fill out information about
themselves, and companies that buy genomic data have all the necessary
instruments to purchase data.
platform uses the blockсhain system and the protocol of decentralized hash
tables (DHT) to create a distributed database in which the community will
download its personal information and receive cryptocurrency as a reward.
your long-term vision for Zenome?
stage involves plans to build a decentralized storage system for genomic data.
This information will be provided by network participants and supported
financially with the help of our internal cryptocurrency. This will then allow
us to facilitate the free exchange of genomic and personal data within the
By way of
example, it will be possible to find a person who has a specific eye color, age,
weight, nationality, and get access to his genomic information. Next, we’ll
implement a system of questionnaires plus a rating system to ensure that users
haven’t given us fake data.
we plan to attract large companies and scientific centers interested in buying
genomic data, as well as purchasing access to Zenome’s storage.
do you hope to achieve ultimately?
our goal is to create the best infrastructure project for the genomic internet
— a kind of “genomic Google” — owned by the entire community of Zenome.