NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Brown University will use a National Institutes of Health grant to conduct genotyping studies of thousands of Samoans in order to find genetic links to problems such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

The $5.2 million grant will fund the genotyping of 3,000 adults, as well data collection from blood samples, diet studies, nutrition, physical activity, doctor visits, and medical histories. The research aims to discover why Samoans have a high prevalence of obesity, diabetes, and cardiac problems.

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