DNA4Science gets ERC Proof of Concept Grant
Posted: 30 Apr 2020

Professor Melinda Mills has has been awarded an ERC Proof of Concept Award for DNA4Science, a citizen-science project aimed at ethically distributing genetic data currently held by direct-to-consumer genetics companies and with limited access to scientist. The enterprise aims to allow individual citizens to safely and anonymously donate their genetic data to be ethically re-used by verified researchers, and is committed to transparency and security.

Professor Mills said: ‘It’s very exciting. People have the right to access their own records...and if they donate to the project, it will unlock access to data desperately needed by a wider range of researchers. Through DNA4Science, we could see lower treatment costs and hasten drugs coming to market. It will be revolutionary.’

For further details, please visit the project website and take a look at the ERC announcement.

Melinda Mills, Nuffield Professor of Sociology