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The Zenome project

The Zenome project is a decentralized blockchain-driven database of genomic information. This platform supports the possibility to manage your genomic data while maintaining privacy and ability to make a profit from selling access to different parts of the genome. It will establish equal conditions for drug development and for the progress of scientific and medical technologies. Zenome is a new economic environment based on genomic data and blockchain technology. The implementation of their conceptual model will solve the following difficulties:

• Creating an infrastructure for storing Big genomic data using distributed database
• Open access to millions of human genomes worldwide with privacy protection
• Possibility for each person to participate in scientific and clinical research and to make profit from this
• Stimulating the enhancement of genomic sciences in developing countries and de-monopolization of genomic data in developed countries

Genetic services market

The market of genetic services is currently developing in the following areas:
1. Research and technology adoption into the market.
2. Providing genomic diagnostic services.
3. Government certification of genetic technologies.
4. Developing a legal framework. In particular, legislative measures to safeguard genetic information;

The structure of the market is quite complex. Some players are, in fact, developing in several directions to find their place in the market in the face of rapidly increasing consumer needs.

Storage of genomic data

Genomic data are located in a distributed network based on DHT Kademlia protocol. The participants who provide resources for the operation of this network (see details regarding Node role) receive payments for it in ZNA tokens. In order to receive payment, they need to prove to the network that they are really storing these data. The procedure of this checking is based on blockchain usage. Encryption is used when necessary.

The Fake Data Problem

If the genetic data of other (non-human) organism are uploaded instead of the correct genome (accidentally or deliberately), this will be detected during the preprocessing of raw data and the user will be notified. If the user intentionally uploads distorted (fake) genetic data into the system, this can be detected using many well-known verification methods before saving them into storage. The economic inducement to refrain from uploading fake data is that the NOTE payment for data storage should be made upfront for the whole year.

Secure transfer of personal data

The process of transferring personal data between participants in the system should possess the following properties:

1. Full data to be transmitted should be available only to the buyer and to the
seller.
2. Transmission of tokens should only take place if the data have been
transmitted successfully.
3. An attempt to sell incorrect data should be identified and blocked.
4. An attempt to deliberately falsely accuse the seller in selling of incorrect
data should be revealed.
5. Data transmission should not be trusted to some third party.

The blockchain technology will be used for secure data transfer. However, it should be considered that storing (and transferring) large amounts of information to the blockchain is resource consuming. Therefore:

6. It is allowed to transfer only a small amount of data through the blockchain. The remaining data can be transmitted through a simple encrypted communication channel.

 

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