Gencrypt is a lightweight tool that allows researchers to securely compare individual-level data from between genomic datasets by utilizing a class of security algorithms known as one-way cryptographic hashes. By converting individual-level genotypes into one-way hashes, researchers can indirectly compare SNP data and correctly identify identical individuals between datasets without infringing on IRB guidelines or patient privacy concerns.
Michael C. Turchin and Joel N. Hirschhorn ( email@example.com)
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Turchin, M.C. and Hirschhorn, J.N. 2012.
Gencrypt: one-way cryptographic hashes to detect overlapping individuals across samples.
Bioinformatics. 28(6): 868-8