By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- Research findings on Data Encryption are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting originating in Boston, Massachusetts, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "DNA samples are often processed and sequenced in facilities external to the point of collection. These samples are routinely labeled with patient identifiers or pseudonyms, allowing for potential linkage to identity and private clinical information if intercepted during transmission."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Brigham and Women's Hospital, "We present a cryptographic scheme to securely transmit externally generated sequence data which does not require any patient identifiers, public key infrastructure, or the transmission of passwords. This novel encryption scheme cryptographically protects participant sequence data using a shared secret key that is derived from a unique subset of an individual's genetic sequence. This scheme requires access to a subset of an individual's genetic sequence to acquire full access to the transmitted sequence data, which helps to prevent sample mismatch. We validate that the proposed encryption scheme is robust to sequencing errors, population uniqueness, and sibling disambiguation, and provides sufficient cryptographic key space. Access to a set of an individual's genotypes and a mutually agreed cryptographic seed is needed to unlock the full sequence, which provides additional sample authentication and authorization security. We present modest fixed and marginal costs to implement this transmission architecture."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "It is possible for genomics researchers who sequence participant samples externally to protect the transmission of sequence data using unique features of an individual's genetic sequence."
For more information on this research see: A novel, privacy-preserving cryptographic approach for sharing sequencing data. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 2013;20(1):69-76.
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting C.A. Cassa, Division of Genetics, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA 02215, United States. Additional authors for this research include R.A. Miller and K.D Mandl.
Keywords for this news article include: Boston, Massachusetts, United States, Data Encryption, Information Technology, North and Central America, Information and Data Encoding and Encryption.
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