One quick, easy and efficient way for would-be advocates to participate in scientific research is to contribute their genetic data to DNA.Land, a non-profit partnership of geneticists from Columbia University and the New York Genome Center.
Millions of people have already had their DNA tested through 23andMe, Ancestry.com and FamilyTreeDNA for their own knowledge and curiosity. Now, the data obtained through these personal genetic services can be uploaded directly to the DNA.Land website, creating a vitally important databank of genomic information and enabling scientists to make new genetic discoveries for the benefit of all (wo)mankind.
Aside from submitting one’s DNA data, it is also necessary to fill out some surveys concerning family and health history. Not only will participation in this program advance important scientific research, but contributors will have access to additional, cutting-edge information on their own genetic material that was not part of the original analysis. Check it out at their website, dna.land.