In a project known as 'Baseline Study', Google is going to collect anonymous genetic and molecular information from 175 people in order to create a proper definition of what a healthy human being should be.
The project is part of the Google's research division, Google X, and will be led by Andrew Conrad, a pioneer in testing blood donations for HIV. The purpose of the project is to collect data that can help detection of killer disease, like heart disease and cancer, far earlier than is currently possible. Essentially pushing the medical world into preventing disease, rather than treating it once it's arrived.
New diagnostic tools will be used to collect a wide variety of samples which will be analysed to find patterns or "biomarkers" hidden away. The hope is that the biomarkers will eventually allow medical practitioners to detect the killer diseases.
Though the initial sample will only use information from 175 people, the project will eventually expand the sample size to thousands of people. [The Wall Street Journal]