NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Scientists in the Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium 2 will use Illumina’s Infinium HD BeadChips in a large-scale project to identify genetic variants linked to a number of diseases, including multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, and asthma, the company said today.
Illumina said the Wellcome Trust-funded initiative, which comprises the WTCCC2 and 12 independent consortia, will analyze 90,000 DNA samples for both SNPs and copy number variants.
The company said that the proposed series of genome-wide association studies is “collectively the world's largest genetic research initiative conducted to date.”
In addition to the 90,000 samples collected from study participants, the researchers will collect 6,000 control samples that will be analyzed using Illumina's Infinium HD Human1M-Duo BeadChip.
Researchers involved in the initiative expect to generate 120 billion pieces of genetic data over the coming two years, the company said.
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.