PGHCI: Human-Computer Interaction for Personal Genomics


Orit Shaer, Oded Nov, Madeleine Ball, Lauren Westendorf, Christina Pollalis, Clarissa Verish


Project Brief:

Questions about how people make sense of and engage with their personal genomic information, and how comfortable they feel about sharing it in order to advance scientific and biomedical research, are not only of paramount importance for society and policy makers, but also a pressing issue for HCI researchers. Funded by the National Science Foundation, and in collaboration with the Harvard Personal Genome Project, we investigate how to design effective interaction techniques to empower nonexpert users to engage with their personal genomic information. We also explore how user interface design interventions in online consent forms can support informed decision and enable users to make decisions that are right for them regarding their personal genomic information.

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