Prevention vs. Treatment
Google’s semi-secret and futuristic research lab, Google X, is busy working on something new – the Baseline Study. The idea is to define what it means to be “healthy” so that one day, this health baseline might help us better detect certain health risks and identify changes relating to serious, more debilitating diseases before they worsen.
Led by renowned molecular biologist Andrew Conrad, in partnership with Duke and Stanford universities, the project will develop wearable technology to collect data and measurements from 175 people – a number that may increase to thousands of healthy participants with a duration of up to 10 years or longer. For example, participants may wear Google’s smart contact lenses to monitor glucose levels. Once the data is collected, Google will analyze the information and look for any patterns, also called “biomarkers,” to hopefully catalog and spot predictable patterns in diseases or irregularities.