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Aarhus University, Central Denmark Region to Set Up Genome Data Center

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Aarhus University and the Central Denmark Region have announced plans to create a joint genome data center in Aarhus, Denmark.

The partners said that the planned center will be located at Aarhus University's Centre for Integrative Sequencing (iSEQ), which focuses on integrating sequencing, phenotype, and environmental data to understand biological function and human disease.

They expect the genome data center to provide a strong foundation for research into the genetic causes of common diseases and how to prevent them, and to ensure faster implementation of research results in clinical practice. It will also enable them to use their existing analytical capacity in a more efficient manner.

"Precision medicine has become widely integrated in the Danish healthcare sector, such as in cancer treatment. This also means that new technologies have to be put into play in order to handle all new personal data now available," Rasmus Beedholm-Ebsen, special advisor to Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs agency Invest in Denmark, said in a statement. "In Denmark, there is a strong collaboration between scientists in academia and clinicians at the hospitals, and it is therefore a great next step to establish a joint genome data center."

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