In what we'll assume is an effort to provide even more relevant ads and improved search results, Google reportedly has yet another spaghetti on the wall project being developed called “Baseline Study” in where “anonymous” genetic and molecular information from 175 people unfamiliar with the concept of privacy is collected.
The project won't be restricted to specific diseases, and it will collect hundreds of different samples using a wide variety of new diagnostic tools. Then Google will use its massive computing power to find patterns, or “biomarkers,” buried in the information. The hope is that these biomarkers can be used by medical researchers to detect any disease a lot earlier.
Non-sarcastically, if it advances science and does indeed move “medicine more toward prevention rather than the treatment” I'm all for it times a million, though I would be carefully perusing the terms of service if I happened to be amongst the first 175.