Apple can already collect all sorts of information about your health using the Health app and gadgets like Apple Watch. They can track everything from blood pressure to how much manganese you eat. And, if the rumors are true, Apple could be coming after your DNA next.
“Apple launched ResearchKit and got a fantastic response. The obvious next thing is to collect DNA,” says Gholson Lyon, a geneticist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, who isn’t involved with the studies.
Hospitals and researchers can use Apple's ResearchKit platform to conduct scientific studies using the sensors iPads and iPhones to collect data and conduct surveys. There have already been five apps created for ResearchKit that have attracted thousands of users. One was used to conduct a study on Parkinson's Disease.
Now, it looks like Apple would like to partner with academic groups to use ResearchKit to collect DNA.