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Large Dutch Genotyping Study to Use Illumina BeadStations, HumanHap550 BeadChips

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Illumina today said that Erasmus MC, the University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has purchased two BeadStations for a large genotyping study.
As part of the so-called “Rotterdam Study,” researchers will use the instruments along with Illumina’s Infinium HumanHap550 BeadChip to genotype more than 10,000 samples.
These samples come from 80 percent of the residents of a Rotterdam suburb, which have been monitored for 17 years for the onset of late-stage diseases that include neurological, cardiovascular, endocrine, locomotor and opthalmological conditions.
Erasmus researcher Andre Utterlinden said he hopes the study will contribute to the field of “genome wide association analyses for these common diseases” in order to assist in drug development and in clinical research.