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IntegraGen Joins EU Consortium in 14.5M-Euro Project to Study Genetics of Obesity

NEW YORK, Jan. 25 (GenomeWeb News) - IntegraGen has joined a consortium of 30 European research organizations that was recently awarded €14.5 million ($18.8 million) by the EU's Sixth Framework program to study the genetics of obesity, the company said today.


The so-called DiOgenes (Diet, Obesity, and Genes) project will investigate a range of factors believed to influence weight gain, from diet intervention to gene-nutrient interactions. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop personalized diet-based regimes, IntegraGen said. 


Initial studies will draw from a DNA bank of more than 13,000 individuals, with additional analysis carried out on samples provided from longitudinal, multi-country, dietary studies.


IntegraGen, based in Paris, said that it will study gene-nutrient interactions "that will enable the prediction of individual responses to nutrients and their impact on body weight."


The company said that it has already identified five genes associated with obesity.


Further information about the DiOgenes project is available here.

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