In the New Scientist, Paul Nurse says that the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation is "one of the UK's most important biomedical research initiatives in a generation" and he'd like to see it cover a large swath of biomedical research. "My own suggestion for a new research initiative is to make greater use of human material for biological investigations," Nurse says. "High-throughput DNA sequencing will soon generate a huge amount of information on human genetic variation, which can be used to relate gene variants to differences in physiology and disease." He also says that stem-cell technologies and whole-body imaging will become important.
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Feb 17, 2010