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Weill Cornell Medicine invites you to be a part of the “Phone Metagenome Project” at the Association of Molecular Pathologists (AMP) conference 2018. Your participation will accelerate our work on understanding the complex mixture of many species’ DNA that is present on common surfaces like phones, and also give you personal, anonymized ancestry information, similar to what you would glean from popular home DNA kits. Volunteers from Madison are assisting Weill Cornell Medicine to obtain samples for this study, which is part of a global effort to map genetic diversity around the world from the Metagenomics of Subways and Urban Biomes (MetaSUB) Project. In this research study, we are investigating the microscopic and genetic world we interact with every day. The decision to join, or not to join, is optional.

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to allow volunteers, who have had training from Dr. Christopher Mason access to your cell phone’s surface. The test is quick and simple –volunteers 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 conference and published by Association of Molecular Pathologists (AMP) organization. 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.

Email Christopher Mason or Daniela Bezdan if you have questions about the study.

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