"First Genetic Trust has received a patent for an electronic genetic banking system, the company said today.
The patent, US patent No. 6,460,211 B1, covers methods, processes, and electronic systems for securely storing, analyzing, and managing genetic data.
First Genetic Trust, headquartered in Chicago, is aiming to develop and commercialize genetic banking and research management applications for biomedical research."
USPTO Genetic profiling and banking system and method
"The system of the present invention thus allows a patient to voluntarily bank genetic information that can be used quickly to determine genetic and medical information about that individual, particularly information that relates to whether the individual carries genetic information associated with known diseases. The system provides restrictions, however, that allow the user to retain privacy and limit unauthorized access to his/her genetic information. The system is thus unlike a system, for example, in which DNA information, like fingerprint information, is stored for identification purposes to use DNA information to identify individuals involved in specific criminal activities; in such a case, the individual who provides the sample would generally not have voluntary control to establish the ability of others to access the information, and such systems would generally not have the ability to test for a number of different medical purposes for which the DNA information can be accessed by others."
“Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.”BIOINFORMATICS IN THE 21st CENTURY
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