NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Biogen, the ALS Association, and Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) are collaborating to study the genetics of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Under a new project called Genomic Translation for ALS Clinical Care (GTAC), the partners will perform next-generation sequencing and detailed clinical phenotyping on 1,500 ALS patients. Patient blood cells will be stored at the Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Core at the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute, allowing researchers to create cell lines for further study.

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