NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A European consortium has set out to harmonize data resources across the region with the ultimate aim of building a data platform that will support the development of new diagnostic tests and therapies for cardiovascular diseases.

Backed by €19 million ($23 million) in EU funding, the initiative, called BigData@Heart, will create a research platform that could change the way these diseases are diagnosed and treated.

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