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Clinical Data's PGxHealth to Open Cardiac Databases to the Public

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – PGxHealth, a division of Clinical Data, announced today that it plans to make its Familion databases of genetic mutations associated with inherited cardiac conditions open to the public starting in spring 2009.
The data will be available through publicly accessible databases, which will be updated as new genetic information is collected through testing as part of a large-scale database project on inherited cardiac conditions.
Initially, the company plans to release anonymous data on two inherited channelopathies: long QT syndrome and Brugada syndrome. The databases will reportedly contain genetic data on an estimated 2,500 long QT syndrome patients and 200 Brugada syndrome patients, along with a reference population of 700 healthy volunteers.
PGxHealth also announced today that it is launching a new genetic test for arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, an inherited and sometimes fatal progressive heart condition that affects an estimated one in 5,000 to one in 1,250 people. The test will be the third Familion genetic test launched by PGxHealth in the past 12 months.