Should you donate your DNA to help cure diseases?

Discover how scientists are using crowdsourced DNA to find the causes of untreatable diseases, and developing new drug treatments for them.

When scientists don’t know the cause of a medical condition, developing a drug treatment takes significant trial and error, and lots of money— which is why we only have drugs for a small proportion of diseases. Researchers are hoping to change this using crowdsourced DNA. So how does this work, and what do your genes have to do with it? Greg Foot digs into the science of therapeutic targets.

Lesson by Greg Foot, directed by Pierangelo Pirak.

Produced for TED-Ed by and NIHR University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre.

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