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NHGRI Awards Mayo Clinic $3.5M NHGRI to Use Informatics to Hunt Cardiovascular Biomarkers

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The Mayo Clinic today said it has won a $3.5-million grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute to use computational approaches to hunt for biomarkers for certain cardiovascular diseases.
Mayo, based in Rochester, Minn., said the funds, which will be spread over four years, will fuel studies in the Division of Biomedical Informatics, which will develop methods for searching existing medical record databases for instances of heart attack and peripheral arterial disease.
The researchers will use these cases and controls to seek out novel genomic factors, including genetic variants, linked to cardiovascular problems. Knowing some of these variants will help to identify patients who might benefit from “aggressive new treatments,” the Mayo said.

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