San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Earlier this year, we raised over $106K through a successful Indiegogo campaign from individuals who wanted to join our citizen science DNA Health study. Now, we're getting ready to ship out DNA damage analysis kits to our contributors. Before we ship them out later this month, we'd like to get some feedback to improve our user instructions. In return for demoing our kit and giving us feedback, we'll process a sample for you for free!
What this will involve:
- Read and agree to our consent form for our IRB approved study.
- View our set of instructions to collect a blood sample using our kit.
- Test out our kit and collect your own blood sample using those instructions.
- One of our staff members will collect an additional sample in case you collected yours incorrectly.
- Fill out a short questionnaire about yourself.
- Give us feedback on how this process can be improved.
- We'll send you an email to login to our secure webapp to view your results.
Free food and drinks will be provided. At 6 pm, we will reveal the design of our new kits to the public and make a short announcement on our status with fulfilling our Indiegogo campaign orders.
When & Where
Exogen Biotechnology, Inc.
Check out our website: www.exogenbio.com
We believe that everyone should personally know how their environment and lifestyle choices are affecting the health of their DNA. Exogen's campaign is a citizen science project that wants to give individuals like you access to leading edge technology to monitor your DNA for damage.
Benefits to You. By participating in our citizen science campaign, you benefit by being one of the first individuals in the world to get state-of-the-art information about the health of your DNA.
Why is this important to you? Scientists have linked DNA damage and poor repair to some cancers, neurological diseases, premature aging, and many other serious diseases. You might be surprised to learn that your DNA is constantly being damaged and broken. DNA damage can come from exposure to UV rays, medical x-rays, and chemical toxins. DNA damage can also result from lifestyle choices like diet and physical exercise. Your level of DNA damage may also be a reflection of your personal genetics.
What is Citizen Science? Citizen science is where the public volunteers to assist scientists in their research by submitting data, sharing experiences or spreading valuable information. Scientists benefit from having a lot more data to analyze and a pool of volunteer citizen scientists willing to help.
How are we able to do this? Scientists have developed the technology to measure DNA damage over a decade ago, but the procedure is lengthy and can be error-prone when done manually. Exogen (scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) has developed and refined novel high-throughput technology to automate the procedure for measuring DNA damage in human blood samples. In this campaign, Exogen is focused on measuring DNA double-strand breaks, the most lethal type of DNA damage.
Medical Information, the FDA, and IRB
At this time, we are not providing medical advice. The information we provide with our technology is for research, educational, and informational use only. However, your participation will allow us to move closer towards our goal of becoming an FDA-approved diagnostic tool. Exogen does have approval with an independent Institutional Review Board (IRB) to provide ethical oversight for this study.
We encourage you to share your personal data with us to link DNA damage with specific diseases, and environmental and lifestyle factors, but it is not required. For your safety, your questionnaire data and your results will be anonymized and kept private. We will ensure that capturing and storing of your data will be HIPAA compliant. The reason for this citizen science study is to gather data to better learn about DNA damage. Exogen will use this data in a non-identifiable way for research in the future. You will always be able to export your data from Exogen at any time at no cost to you.