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Challenge Estimating Age from DNA
Estimating Age from DNA
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 417
Posted: Aug 07 2013
Challenge ID: 9933359
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The Seeker desires a robust, rapid, and accurate method to determine an individual’s age using DNA from a variety of biological specimens.  The method must significantly improve upon existing techniques in the areas of accuracy, speed, and ease of use.  The Seeker envisions that advances in next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics will lead to the development of novel methods to determine age from DNA taken from all cell types. 

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Current methodologies for determining age from DNA samples suffer from several shortcomings related to accuracy, speed, and ease of use.  With the advent of new technologies such as next-generation sequencing (NGS) and bioinformatics, it is expected that novel, more accurate, more rapid and less cumbersome methods to determine an individual’s age from DNA from all cell types will be developed.  The Seeker is looking for a robust, rapid, and accurate method to determine age using DNA taken from a variety of biological tissue and/or fluid sources.  The method should use a low amount of DNA (<10 ng), be easy to perform, and be accurate to within ±5 years.  In addition, the Seeker requests recommendations for datasets to be used for validation of the proposed method. 

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted.  The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker.  Instead, they will grant to the Seeker non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

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