WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE STUDY?If you decide to participate, your phone will be swabbed by our team members. The test is quick and simple – researchers will obtain the bacterial and viral DNA present on your cell phone through a sterile nylon swab. This will take approximately five minutes. After swabbing, your phone will be returned to you (and cleaner!).
The collected swabs will then be sent to Dr. Mason’s lab at Weill Cornell Medicine, and processed for DNA sequencing. After sequencing, the sequencing data will be analyzed to determine the microbial and metagenomic makeup of each phone (meaning DNA matches across all kingdoms of life), and data from each phone in the study will be compared.
Results on the genetic findings can be obtained by participants through the web site link provided to you. Also, aggregate results will also be posted online after the fair. No individual identifying information about you will be released. You will have an anonymous number assigned to you should you wish to access your individual results. You can stop participating at any time. Results are not for diagnostic use.
QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS?Email Christopher Mason firstname.lastname@example.org or Daniela Bezdan email@example.com if you have questions about the study.