NEW YORK, June 8 (GenomeWeb News) - Researchers at Rockefeller University will perform a genotyping study of a small island population to find genes associated with obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes using Affymetrix microarrays, the company said yesterday.
The researchers plan to genotype more than 3,200 individuals from the Micronesian island of Kosrae, almost the entire adult population, using Affymetrix's GeneChip Mapping 100K array set. The arrays contain more than 115,000 SNPs and have been supplemented with additional SNPs for this project. The researchers plan to study 100,000 additional SNPs of relevance to the population. About half the SNPs stem from public databases, the other half from a SNP database established by Perlegen Sciences.
The 100K microarrays are currently available from Affymetrix under an expanded technology access program and will formally be launched this summer.