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Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Lands $2M for Whole Genome Disease Study

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have won a €1.5 million ($2 million) Starting Grant from the European Research Council to search for genetic variants that are involved in human diseases.

A team led by principal investigator Eleftheria Zeggini will use the funding to focus their research on large-scale studies of the genetics of complex traits involved in cardiometabolic and musculoskeletal phenotypes with the goal of addressing specific statistical genetics challenges by designing, evaluating, and proposing new analytical strategies, Wellcome Trust said today.

The researchers will conduct a next-generation whole genome association study in cases where rare alleles may be easier to detect in order to provide the substrate for analytical method development, and to identify new associations with traits related to complex diseases.