NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Mayo Clinic said today that it has established a new biobank at its Arizona campus that will support genomic and other research projects in areas that are of particular concern to the Latino population, including obesity, metabolic conditions, and diabetes.

The Sangre por Salud Biobank, a collaboration between Mayo, Mountain Park Health Center, and Arizona State University, will support a wide range of research studies, although there will be an emphasis on projects involving cardiometabolic risk and obesity.

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