Amazon Biobank - A community-based genetic database


In regions like the Amazon Rainforest, there is much unexplored biodiversity data that could potentially be used to promote innovative biotechnology developments. Building a biobank with such genetic data is, however, a challenge. One reason is that existing repositories (e.g., NCBI) lack clear incentives for collaboration. Aiming to tackle this issue, and promote a biodiversity-based economy in the Amazon region, in this work we present a prototype for the Amazon Biobank, a community-based genetic database. Leveraging blockchain, smart contracts, and peer-to-peer technologies, we build a collaborative and highly scalable repository. It also enables monetary incentives for users who insert, store, process, validate and share DNA data.

Palavras-chave: blockchain, peer-to-peer, DNA sequencing, biobank, smart-contracts


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KIMURA, Leonardo T.; ANDRADE, Ewerton R.; CARVALHO, Tereza C.; SIMPLÍCIO JUNIOR, Marcos A.. Amazon Biobank - A community-based genetic database. In: SALÃO DE FERRAMENTAS - SIMPÓSIO BRASILEIRO DE SEGURANÇA DA INFORMAÇÃO E DE SISTEMAS COMPUTACIONAIS (SBSEG), 21. , 2021, Evento Online. Anais [...]. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, 2021 . p. 74-81. DOI: