DNA Exchange Proposal on ICE CPS

This is a simple overview. We will polish this up once we get some feedback. Thank for taking a look.

  1. Title: DNA Exchange
  2. Project Category
  • Development
    • Developer support and product ideas - wallets, block explorers, dapps, developer documentation, etc.
  1. Project Description


DNA data was once for the scientific elite. Today over 26 million people have taken a DNA test. DNA test kit companies hold the data from millions of consumers with the potential to deliver huge profits. Now DNA Exchange puts control of DNA data into the hands of ordinary consumers. DNA Exchange will anonymously host DNA data and compensate consumers upon usage of their DNA data.

Opportunity Overview

DNA testing companies are compiling large amounts of our data from millions of tests. Consumers are unaware that their data is more valuable to the companies than their test results. Companies that are collecting data are selling this data to major research labs and pharmaceutical companies for millions of dollars. We the consumer see no compensation when these deals are done. In reality, most consumers have no idea that these multi million dollar deals are happening. In 2020 23andMe sold the right to develop a drug based on users data.

There are many genetic testing companies that say we own our data but consumers are actually unaware of this. Everyone that does a direct to consumer test, such as 23andMe or any other genetic test, has access to their data and can do what they want with it. However, consumers have no idea what they can do with their data or how valuable it actually is. This is where the DNA Exchange can help consumers monetize their data.

We would like to add a Defi and NFT component to this project making your DNA data even more valuable. Mints a native and NFT based on your DNA profile will increase rewards and transaction fees.

  1. Project Duration would be more than 6 months as there is quite a bit of development.

  2. Project Milestones

  • Stage 1- Start building front end website
  • Stage 2- DNA Blockchain wallet - KYC for yourself - interface (ICE blockchain)
  • Stage 3- Direct to consumer DNA pool - Data / Mining native token
  • Stage 4- Defi LP for mining native token
  • Stage 5- Design NFTs for farming boost
  • Stage 6- Data set access - monetization works (staking)
  • Stage 7- Data set access - monetization works
  • Stage 8- Other sequence data pools
  1. Funding Amount Requested would be around 60K ICX

This is a very interesting idea indeed. The exact reason I’ve held off from doing any of these DNA tests is that I was never satisfied with how my data would be handled/monetized.

The first thing that comes to mind is it is not clear to me how you plan to collect and then monetize user’s DNA data. Do you already have a data set? Will you exclusively use DNA data brought to you by users of the platform? Do you have connections to a lab that can handle sequencing. Do you have connections to entities that would pay for this data? If not then how do you plan to monetize the data set and compete with other entities with larger, more mature sets?

These are just a few of my initial thoughts on the proposal. It would be nice to see some further discussion around this topic as I think it’s very interesting and very current. I also like the slightly different take on use of NFT as digital ownership of your DNA data, would be very interested to hear more about how that would work.



Hi Ed,

Thanks for taking a look. The idea is for users to sign up and deposit their data or store on the blockchain. Array data like 23andme is small, so storing on chain might be the best solution. We would incentivize users to store their data for future access. We would also like to partner with labs that do similar testing to either store their data or allow their patient to monetize off of it. We would also approach researchers that have similar data laying. The hope is to grow a large enough data set to offer to many groups at a much lower rate than what is offered now. We may offer free access to general data, but pay a premium for specific user info (given with users consent/questionnaires).

I currently work for a very large genetic testing company and have many contacts in the genetic and pharma space.

The NFTs will be build around peoples specific data. There are rare variants in the population that people carry. Those people would generate a more rare DNA NFTs (art). Those NFTs can then be used to increase their mining emissions or increase their percentage of the transaction fees pool.

There a lot of programing to be done and marketing as well. I will post some costs, but this grant won’t cover all the costs.

I am a molecular biologist with emphasis on genetics and proteomics (by education… I never really worked in the field professionally). So this proposal is quite interesting; however, it feels like it needs to be at scale.

  1. To start with my worry would be that DNA testing still is not very common and usually, in my opinion at least, is done as a reaction to something. This proposal will require people to be educated about the potential benefit of paying for the tests and their string the data.

  2. DNA testing is broad and varied; do you plan to store data from all types of tests?

  3. What would be a minimum sample size for this to be a viable product?

  4. Could you elaborate on the role the native token will play a little more?

I think this is very exciting honestly but feel that your initial pitch requires a little more elaboration. Good luck!

Great questions…

  1. You’d be surprised how many DTC genetic companies are out there. In Asia I know of 5. The array data is all the same so tapping into that market would be easy. Everyone in Asia is looking for passive income.

  2. The first step is to store array data… it’s much like a VCF file. Arrays typically have over 500K SNPs, so there will be a lot of data points. Eventually we would like to expand to other file type and single variant results.

  3. The sample size will vary depending on your study. GWS studies need 10K or more sample size and the more complex the disorder, the larger the sample. You actually don’t need a large sample if you have a well defined disorder, such as a single allelic disorder.

  4. The token will be generated when people upload or lock their data. The rewards will only be minted based on how long they keep their data accessible. Like getting paid to contribute data. The user can then stake their token to get rewards from the transaction pool or contribute to LP (the model will be much like iconbet staking). The user can also mint more native token by answering specific questions regarding their health or contributing to an LP. The native token will also be used to mint NFT (and burned), for larger token rewards.

Please let me know if you have any other questions. I welcome the feedback

Interesting proposal. Since all data on the chain is publically available, how will you handle permission/a ccess to this sequence data?

Hi skyvell,

We would store the data at storage layer, via smart contracts. Smart contracts will control the ability to query the database and who has access to what data.

This is actually a very interesting project because I know how valuable data can be. You haven’t really described how a user (someone who wants to buy the data) will acquire it, how much it’ll be per data point, and how a consumer (person who supplies the data) will benefit from that cost. I’m assuming this would all be described in detail at some point so just checking in on it. I guess my concern with this is making sure that the consumer gets a decent amount for their data and it’s not just another 23 & me making all the money with a new “blockchain” hype to it.

I’m assuming there would be a token that your team would hold a certain % of, would there also be a marketing fund to acquire the users (data purchasers)?

As someone mentioned above the blockchain transactions are public, so anyone storing data would have to send the data to the contract in a public transaction. I could scrape your entire contract’s tx history and just grab all the data entered. How will you make sure something like this can’t happen?


Hi Geo,

Thanks for the reply. We will set it up so that token holders will share in 100% of the transaction fees that are generated from accessing the data. Users will be able to mine the token by staking their data and contributing phenotypic information about themselves.

We will hold a DAO fund for marketing and development (much like iconbet).

Data storage is something we are debating… there are a lot of public databases out there, however, they don’t mean a lot without phenotypic information. This information will be stored on the users app and linked to their data for access. The phyenotypic data will only be accessible if the user allows (payment). So the data on chain will basically be free. Anyone can look at it and run it, but you only get allele frequency… which is already known in many cases.

We are looking for development help if you have anyone in mind. We would like to build this on ICE.