Major Research Project to Study Genetic Link to Disease Susceptibility Among Minorities

nih-logo-blueThe National Institutes of Health has awarded five teams of researchers a total of nearly $14 million to study the genomics of disease susceptibility in ethnically diverse populations. The research teams are located at the University of Southern California, Rutgers University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Christopher Haiman, professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, who is leading the research team at the University of Southern California, stated, This project “will be the first study that comprehensively investigates the contribution of less common and rare genetic variation in coding sequence in large numbers of samples from minority populations across a wide range of phenotypes and traits. We believe this project will shed light on the role of genetic variation in contributing to racial/ethnic health disparities for a number of chronic diseases, including common cancers, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood glucose and other conditions.”


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  1. caribbean queen says:

    “genetic variation”? is this a joke? the missing links here are POVERTY and STRESS. all of the research studies in the world aren’t worth a thing until those truisms are meaningfully addressed. get rid of grinding poverty, chronic stress (due to living in a hostile, racist environment and all that that entails), and folks’ diabetes, blood pressure, etc. will disappear.

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