Melanie Swan is founder of DIYgenomics, a
non-profit research organization founded in March 2010 to realize
personalized medicine through crowdsourced health studies and apps. One of
the project is 'Social intelligence genomics & empathy-building'.
It examine whether individuals with certain genetic profiles may have a
greater natural capacity for social intelligence genes which have
been associated with optimism and empathy, extraversion, and altruism.
It has also developed a Personal Virtual Coach mobile app-based intervention for empathy-building.