For new study, 100 people commit their bodies to science
February 15, 2014 00:00
CHICAGO - One hundred people are about to share their live bodies for science as part of an unprecedented new study that will examine how to improve personal health, researchers said Friday.
The Hundred Person Wellness Project, which begins next month, will require round-the-clock monitoring of its subjects, who are presumed healthy at the time of enrollment.
Scientists will start by sequencing the entire genome of each participant. Then, for the next 25 years, they will take regular measurements of sleep patterns, heart rate, gut bacteria, proteins that track organ health, blood samples, immune cell activity and more.
"What is unique about humans is their individuality," said Leroy Hood at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting.
The idea is to "actually follow the transition of the heart, brain and liver from wellness to disease," said Hood, president of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, Washington.
The focus of the nine-month pilot program -- which aims to expand to 100,000 people within the next four years and continue monitoring for up to three decades -- is on ways to improve individual wellness based on each person's unique makeup.