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NHGRI s Collins Considering Launching Very Large Population Genetic Study

NEW YORK, May 26 (GenomeWeb News) - The US National Institutes of Health last week said it is considering to organize and launch a "very large prospective population-based study of genes and environment."

Francis Collins, head of the National Human Genome Research Institute, said his center has brought together a "working group of geneticists, statisticians, epidemiologists, and ethicists ... to begin exploratory planning."

 

The study, which Collins expects will involve around 500,000 research participants, will strive to: "identify major susceptibility factors for common diseases; determine true population risk of genetic variants; determine   effects of environmental factors; and identify significant   interactions between genetic and environmental factors."

 

He added: "A key factor in the success of the study will be to ensure that the study design addresses the needs and interests of diverse communities."

 

A request for information about the study closes May 28. Additional information can be found here

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