NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Despite a limited budget, the US Department of Veterans Affairs last year met its goal to enroll 500,000 participants into a study that aims to recruit 1 million and use genetics and other data to study the diseases that impact former military service members.

While all participants have had samples genotyped for research use, the VA has been steadily increasing its capacity to whole-genome sequence enrollees, and now has the funds to sequence as many as 30,000 enrollees over the next two years.

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