UW to get $30M to study genome data in health care
The Seattle Times
Cystic fibrosis, sickle-cell anemia and muscular dystrophy are among some 6,000 inherited disorders caused mainly by the mutation of a single gene. And though each defect affects a relatively small number of people, together they may provide the clues that will unlock treatments for more common diseases such as cancer or heart disease. That's the theory behind a four-year, $416 million effort announced Tuesday by the National Human Genome Research Institute to help accelerate the use of genetic information in medical care. The grants will fund two programs at the University of Washington and others at selected universities around the country.