Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Jackson Lab Wins $10M NIH Grant to Form Center for Precision Genetics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Jackson Laboratory announced yesterday that it has received a roughly $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish the Center for Precision Genetics, which will act as the hub of a multi-institute network of investigators working to develop precision models of disease.

The funding, which will be provided over five years, will enable the center to "generate new disease-modeling processes and pipelines, data resources, research results, and models that will be swiftly shared through [the Jackson Lab's] proven dissemination pipelines to accelerate translation to medical benefit," Jackson Lab President and CEO Edison Liu said in a statement.

The center will include geneticists, molecular and computational biologists, and clinicians from Emory University; Cedars Sinai Medical Center; the University of California, San Diego; Columbia University Medical Center; Nationwide Children's Hospital; the University of Massachusetts Medical School; and the University of California, San Francisco.

The first year's funding of nearly $2 million will be used to launch six projects focused on improving the precision of disease models and the efficiency of preclinical pipelines, the Jackson Lab said.

The Scan

Sick Newborns Selected for WGS With Automated Pipeline

Researchers successfully prioritized infants with potential Mendelian conditions for whole-genome sequencing or rapid whole-genome sequencing, as they report in Genome Medicine.

Acne-Linked Loci Found Through GWAS Meta-Analysis

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics find new and known acne vulgaris risk loci with a genome-wide association study and meta-analysis, highlighting hair follicle- and metabolic disease-related genes.

Retina Cell Loss Reversed by Prime Editing in Mouse Model of Retinitis Pigmentosa

A team from China turns to prime editing to correct a retinitis pigmentosa-causing mutation in the PDE6b gene in a mouse model of the progressive photoreceptor loss condition in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

CRISPR Screens Reveal Heart Attack-Linked Gene

Researchers in PLOS Genetics have used CRISPR screens to home in on variants associated with coronary artery disease that affect vascular endothelial function.