Coronavirus disease COVID-19 is a major social and economic challenge. In collaboration with several other research groups, Genes for Good is offering a new survey to help understand why some people get severe disease, whereas others get mild disease or no symptoms at all.
We're in the middle of some exciting analyses that require larger sample sizes than we have at the moment. If your schedule allows, please consider going through the surveys listed below. Your help is greatly appreciated! You can find the app at app.genesforgood.org.
We’ve been working on some new ways to visualize your data and hope to release some new features for you over the next couple of months. Coming soon is a survey response browser, which will allow you to explore summaries of all questions asked in our surveys - more on that later. We’re also working on ways to make visualizations more useful.
Some of you may have already noticed that we recently added a new feature to Genes for Good called Health Conditions -- you can find it in the "Participate" section of the Genes for Good app! When you have a chance, please take a moment to enter any diagnoses that may not be captured in our existing surveys.
As you know, we have a lot planned this year. Our biggest goals for 2017 include publishing our paper, improving ancestry and survey results in addition to the overall user experience, and genotyping an additional 5,000 participants.
As we say goodbye to 2016, let’s take a quick look at what we’ve accomplished together this year:
- 10,556 new participants welcomed in 2016 (18,833 total)
- 2,930 new samples genotyped (5,287 total)
- Over 15 million individual survey responses collected
All in all, it’s been a fantastic year! To those who've spread the word among family, friends, and social groups, thank you for keeping us busy!
Happy Thanksgiving! We hope everyone is warm, safe, and full of good spirit and food during the holiday weekend. This month, we are especially aware of how fortunate we are to have such an incredible Genes for Good turnout. In the past two weeks alone, almost 800 new participants joined the study, bringing us to over 17,000 participants total. As a result we’ve been very busy, but we definitely aren’t complaining - thank you, and welcome newcomers!
This week we've launched a new experience for mobile users.
Behind the scenes the Genes for Good Desktop and Genes for Good Mobile were originally developed as separate apps. This week's change merges them together into a single, responsive app. This means that any features built and made available once should be automatically available on all devices!
Hi everyone! In the past few months, we have been working to develop some new surveys to give our participants the chance to contribute to more varied and interesting research.
Today Genes for Good hits a big milestone: 10,000 Participants!
This is a good point to do a check of some of the numbers behind the study right now...
Today marks a change in Spit Kit Eligibility rules along with a new home page to help make understanding them much easier.
Simplified Spit Kit Eligibility Rules
As participants join Genes For Good they consent to join the study, and the consent form explains the information we want participants to provide to be eligible for a free spit kit for genotyping. Until today this is what it took to become eligible:
2015 Year In Review
As 2015 draws to a close now is a great time to look back on the entire Genes For Good Study up to this point. Genes For Good kicked off in January of this year so we've now got just about one full year under our belts. Here's a check of some top-level numbers:
Genes for Good is a University of Michigan study where participants help understand human health and disease, while learning about their genetic ancestry and their daily health habits and comparing themselves to other participants.
This week marked the first release of ancestry results. Over 700 of the study's first participants can now begin to interpret their ancestry data!
Today we've also posted an instructional video to help understand and interpret these ancestry results. Check it out:
Today marks a major step in Genes for Good: we began returning genetic data to participants. There’s clearly still more to do, but today we released ancestry information for 744 participants who joined Genes for Good and submitted a viable saliva sample. These participants were among the first to join our study. They contributed to genetic research and spread the word about Genes for Good. We’re delighted to have the privilege to work with their survey results and DNA, and to be able to give some information back to them.
Genes for Good is approaching 5,000 total participants, and the time is right for our first full blog post! We plan to write new posts every so often, allowing participants to see what’s new in the app, what we’re discovering, how we’re using participant data, and our future plans.