By Bennett Allan Landman
Vanderbilt University 

Alphabet's new plan to track 10,000 people could take wearables to the next level


(THE CONVERSATION) Verily – the life sciences research arm of Google parent company Alphabet – wants to track the health of 10,000 people.

On April 19, the group announced that it was starting to recruit for Project Baseline, in partnership with Duke and Stanford. Over the course of four years, Project Baseline will sequence participants’ genomes, test their blood, survey them and track biometric data such as heart rate and activity level on a Study Watch – basically, a Fitbit on steroids.

What I find perhaps most interesting is their plan to collect thousands of medical images, whi...

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