Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Rutgers Wins $9.3M NIH Grant to Create Disease Biobank

NEW YORK, July 10 - The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has awarded Rutgers University a five-year, $9.3 million contract to create a genetic repository.


The New Jersey school said in a statement that the databank will be used by researchers worldwide studying diseases such as diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and kidney disorders.


The database, called the Rutgers University Cell and DNA Repository, will "collect, maintain, and distribute" cell lines and DNA for the NIDDK from populations worldwide.  


"To date, no such resource has been available to researchers interested in studying genetics of the many diseases that NIDDK investigates," said Jay Tischfield, Duncan and Nancy MacMillan professor of genetics and chair of the department of genetics at Rutgers. The NIDDK a unit of the National Institutes of Health.

The Scan

Researchers Develop Polygenic Risk Scores for Dozens of Disease-Related Exposures

With genetic data from two large population cohorts and summary statistics from prior genome-wide association studies, researchers came up with 27 exposure polygenic risk scores in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

US Survey Data Suggests Ancestry Testing Leads Way in Awareness, Use of Genetic Testing Awareness

Although roughly three-quarters of surveyed individuals in a Genetics in Medicine study reported awareness of genetic testing, use of such tests was lower and varied with income, ancestry, and disease history.

Coral Genome Leads to Alternative Amino Acid Pathway Found in Other Non-Model Animals

An alternative cysteine biosynthesis pathway unearthed in the Acropora loripes genome subsequently turned up in sequences from non-mammalian, -nematode, or -arthropod animals, researchers report in Science Advances.

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.